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New Marie Antoinette exhibition in Paris celebrates her life

Marie Antoinette died on the guillotine at the hands of French Revolutionaries on 16th October 1793. Upon her death, the de-throned Queen was the most hated woman in France and was used a scapegoat for all that was failing in the country at the time following her husband’s reign. Now 226 years after her execution, a new exhibition Marie-Antoinette: the Metamorphosis of an Image, is opening in…
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The Colourful Engagement Rings of Windsor Brides

Today we’re looking at some of the colourful engagement rings of Windsor brides. From the Queen Mother to Princess Eugenie, sapphires are a popular choice amongst the Windsors. However, other women have also worn rubies, emeralds, and a unique stone from an architect…
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The royal wedding that inspired Oktoberfest

The beer tents have been put away, the dancing is done and nearly all of the hangovers have faded. Oktoberfest, the huge beer and folk festival that takes over Munich for several weeks in early autumn, has come to a close just days ahead of a special anniversary. For October…
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The common illness that killed a queen

In the early autumn days of1537,King Henry VIIIwas celebrating as his court welcomed a prince. His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread rejoicing. Preparations were in full swingfor an elaborate christening and bonfires were being lit around the little boy’s future kingdom. But while the parties…
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Lady Jane Grey, England's Forgotten Queen: An interview with Dr Helen Castor (Part 1)

You might know her as “The Nine Days Queen,” and Lady Jane Grey has become a sort of tragic romantic figure in English history because of her short reign and eventual beheading. But who was this teenage girl who came to the throne as the first proclaimed queen of England, and should she really be considered a monarch at all? I met with Dr Helen Castor, historian, author, and BBC…
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Diana's visits to Pakistan

Pakistan held a special place in Diana, Princess of Wales’s heart, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will follow in her footsteps when they travel to the country this autumn. Ahead of the Cambridges’ tour in October, we’re taking a look at the visits made by Diana to Pakistan through the 1990s. Embed from Getty Images 1991: This visit marked an important milestone…
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