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Royal History Mystery: What happened to William II?

Today we’re looking at a royal history mystery involving the death of a king. What happened to William II of England? As the third son of William the Conqueror, William II had already made his mark before he even became king. His exact date of birth is not known but it is accepted that it took place around 1056 in Normandy, France. He had two older brothers, Robert Curthose and Richard, and…
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The royal duchess who went from mistress to matriarch

It was a famous royal love story that shocked as much as it thrilled. John of Gaunt was the ultra-ambitious prince whose desire to be a king almost cost him his life, Katherine Swynford was the mysterious commoner who supplanted a queen in his affections. Their relationship…
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Royal History Mystery: What happened to Edward II?

Today we’re looking at a royal history mystery involving the death of a king. What happened to Edward II of England? Edward II was born in 1284 as the fourth son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. His three elder brothers pre-deceased him, and he became his father’s…
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#OTD 1611: Sweden’s 16-year-old Crown Prince went to war

Gustavus Adolphus or better known as King Gustav II of Sweden was born in 1594. At the age of only 16, Gustav was a war-torn young Crown Prince who was eager to take over the Swedish throne. When Denmark-Norway stirred up a new war in 1610, it was only a question of when the war would break out. The two arch-enemies were preparing for war and in 1611 came the declaration of war when…
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Why is Queen Margrethe called 'Daisy'?

Last week, Queen Margrethe of Denmark had to celebrate her birthday in a different way than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many royals from Europe had come together and made a very special video greeting for the Danish Queen. Many people noticed that several royals called the queen “Daisy” in the video. But why did they do so? Nicknames are quite common in royal…
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The Royal Escape from Oslo: 9 April 1940

This year, in 2020, marks 75 years since World War II ended. It is also the 80th anniversary of war coming to the Monarchies of Norway and Denmark. While the Danish royal family was taken prisoner by the Nazis, the Norwegian royal family managed to escape and carry on the war from exile for the next five years. As early as 1939, both the Allies and Nazi Germany began to make invasion plans of…
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