The time Bill Clinton forgot King Harald and Queen Sonja

This year it is 30 years since King Harald and Queen Sonja became monarchs in Norway after the death of King Olav V. There will be no grand celebration this year due to the pandemic, but the King and Queen have therefore in collaboration with the state TV channel NRK made a documentary series where they talk about the 50 state visits that have been made in the last 30 years. In the first episode…
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Birthplace of a king: Skaugum Estate

Skaugum Estate is a farmhouse that lies just outside Oslo, Norway, and it is currently the home of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, though it has a storied history that dates back to the Middle Ages and is known as the birthplace of King Harald, in 1937. Originally a church property, Skaugum belonged to the Church of Mary and the Convent of Nonneseter. In 1909, a Norwegian…
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Meet Henry VIII’s most successful queen

On a hot summer day in 1543, a young widow married an ageing and much wed king in a ceremony that took many by surprise. By the time Katherine Parr said ‘I do’ to Henry VIII in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace on July 12th 1543, his five previous unions and…

Who was Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii?

We know the American state of Hawaii as a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches and the original home of surfing. Less known is that Hawaii was, for nearly 100 years, an independent kingdom. United in 1795 by its first monarch, King Kamehameha I, known as “The…
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Royal Residences: A brief history of Kensington Palace

Where is it located? Kensington Palace is still the capital city residence of many British royals to this day. The site is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. When was it built and when was it used as a royal residence? Before it was transformed into a grand royal residence, Kensington Palace was originally a two storey Jacobean mansion which had…
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Royal Residences: A brief history of Frogmore Cottage

Frogmore Cottage has been the subject of a lot of speculation recently, find out more about the UK home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Where is it located? Frogmore Cottage is located on the Frogmore Estate in Home Park, Windsor, England. The Grade II listed property is part of the Crown Estate, meaning it is on the Monarch’s public estate. When was it built and when was it used as…
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