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At Grillon's Hotel: an unlikely royal romance

On a summer’s day in 1818, a young German princess walked into one of the most famous hotels in London to meet a man twice her age. Just a year earlier, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen and her suitor, William, Duke of Clarence, would never have considered chatting let alone taking the step that would inevitably follow this brief exchange. But after a short time together, with chaperones, of…
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Killed in battle: Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

Prince Wilhelm of Prussia was the eldest child of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. As such, he was the oldest grandchild of the last Emperor of Germany, Wilhelm II. At his birth, he was second in line to the German throne and was expected to succeed to the throne had it not been for the end of the German Empire following World War I. Prince Wilhelm of…
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Murdered royals: Queen Blanche of Navarre

Queen Blanche II was born on 9 June 1424 as the daughter of John II of Aragon, King of Navarre, and his wife, Queen Blanche I of Navarre. Blanche grew up in the Palace of the Kings of Navarre of Olite with her family. Blanche was a member of the House of Trastámara which…

When Mozart met Marie Antoinette?

The ‘meeting’ between Marie Antoinette and the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a fabled quality, not least because of the oft-repeated folklore that has grown around it. From the point of view of posterity, it is a fascinating moment to contemplate, when two legendary (Austrian) figures were in the same room, their biographical futures lying still before them. I want to explore the facts…
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The birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales

It’s the place where one of the most famous royal stories of the 20th century began. Park House, on the Sandringham Estate, was the birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was born there on July 1st 1961. Her parents, then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp…
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Who was Diana, Princess of Wales?

On the 59th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s birth, Royal Central takes a look back at the life of a remarkable woman who would become known as the ‘People’s Princess’. Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House within the royal Sandringham Estate. She was the fourth child to be welcomed by John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and his wife, Frances…
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