History

The tragic tale of Madeleine of Valois - the 'Summer Queen of Scots'

Madeleine of Valois was a French Princess who married James V King of Scots (The Scottish King had the title King of Scots rather than King of Scotland). The marriage was part of the Treaty of Rouen between Scotland and France. As part of that Treaty, James was promised the hand in marriage of a French Princess. Initially, James was contracted to marry another member of the French Royal Family.
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August 4 - a day with regal history

The fourth day of August turned out to be a very good one for the House of Windsor. Two of its most famous women made their debut on that date. They joined a rather interesting list of people with regal connections who celebrated birthdays then. As the royal bunting comes out once more for the Duchess of Sussex’s celebrations, here’s a look at those born on August 4th. Birth of the…
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Anne at 70: the christening of a princess

The Princess Royal marks her 70th birthday in August 2020. It’s a milestone in any life and this special celebration has brought plenty of reflection on Anne’s public life. For seven decades, the princess has been one of the most high profile royals in the world. Even as a baby, she was making the news. Royal Central looks back at the first day she really stole the royal show, her…
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Killed in battle: King Olav the Holy of Norway

King Olav II of Norway was born in 993 at a royal farm in Ringerike, west of the present capital of Oslo. Even though neither of his parents were a king or queen, Olav was the great-great-grandchild of King Harald I, Norway’s first king. Being a decedent of King Harald was politically convenient as it gave Olav the right to claim political power and to be considered when the Norwegians…
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