Catherine the Great is back on screen: a new season of The Great premieres

The second season of The Great from Hulu has premiered in the United States and Canada and will be premiering in the United Kingdom on 5 December. The popular period drama is a fictional take on Catherine the Great’s early reign.  The Great was written by Tony McNamara, an Australian playwright and author, who also wrote the screenplay for the 2018 film The Favourite. The Favourite featured…
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What happened to the Greek monarchy?

Greece is a democratic republic that carefully balances a history that dates back to the 12th century BC and a push for modernisation. But if we take a look back about 55 years, we would see a much different picture. Following the tragedy that was World War II…
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The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara: an iconic royal jewel

The Queen has numerous tiaras to choose from for formal occasions. However, there are a few that she turns to again and again. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of those pieces, and even features in the first portraits taken during her reign. Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara was given to Princess May of Teck as a wedding present. Society hostess…
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What happened to the Korean monarchy?

When you think of Asian monarchies, Japan, Bhutan, and Thailand come to mind. However, Korea was once a monarchy, as well. A united Korean Empire (before the Korean War that led to the split into North and South Korea) existed from October 1897 until Korea was annexed by…
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The unveiling of the Cenotaph: The day George V led a nation still recovering from war

On 11 November 1920, King George V led Britain in two minutes of silence to remember those lost in the First World War and to mark the exact moment when Armistices brought the Great War to a close. The king also unveiled the Cenotaph in Whitehall. In 1919, the government planned Peace Day for 19 July- a day to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and to celebrate the work of…
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Louise: a royal name with a history of its own

As Lady Louise celebrates her 18th birthday today, let’s take a look at past members of the Royal Family who shared this name and discover the unique lives each woman led. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll Louisa Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, led one of the most colourful royal lives. Born 18 March 1848 as the daughter of the…
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