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Historic Swedish royal necklace up for sale

A historic pearl and diamond necklace worn by a Swedish Queen will be going up for auction in Hong Kong on 12 October. This 19th-century necklace, formally known as the Leuchtenberg Necklace, is thought to be made by jeweller Marie-Étienne Nitot, the founder of the House of Chaumet. Sotheby’s describes the necklace as “composed of two strands of natural pearls measuring from…
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Historic Scottish estate with links to Mary, Queen of Scots opens for visitors after ten-year restoration

Brucefield Estate, in Forestmill, is reopening after a ten-year restoration project. The estate was originally owned by the Stewarts of Rosyth, the family who welcomed Mary, Queen of Scots, back to Scotland. Brucefield Estate is now owned by biologist Victoria Bruce-Winkler, who inherited it from her late father in 2012. She has undertaken a ten-year conservation project that focused on…
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The English Queens of France

On an autumn day, over 500 years ago, Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, marriedthe French king, Louis XII. The spectacular ceremony in Abbeville in Northern France transformed Mary into the Queen of France. No other English princess held that title after her. In fact, only one other daughter of a King of England had married a King of France when Eadgifu of Wessex married…
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A history of royal dining: An interview with antiques expert Steven Moore

Whether it’s enjoying the YouTube footage of a modern-day state banquet with The Queen or reading about a Tudor feast hosted by Henry VIII, royal dining remains a subject of fascination. Steven Moore, antique expert and historical advisor to The English Manner, recently explored the topic in a webinar covering centuries of royal feasts.  Spanning from medieval times to the current Royal…
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