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Why was Queen Elizabeth II’s first state visit to Norway?

This year brings another special anniversary for the Queen’s long and historic reign. This summer marks 65 years since Queen Elizabeth’s first State Visit. It took place in June 1955 and saw the new Monarch travel to the the Kingdom of Norway. So, why was Norway the first nation that the Queen visited after her coronation? The first reason was that the British and Norwegian Royal…
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A Calendar of Queens: June

The first month of summer has brought many new beginnings for some famous queens and it’s been a moment of crowning glory for others. June is also the month when five English queens said farewell. Here’s a calendar of queens for June. Birth of a Queen Just two British queens have, so far, made their debut in June. Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III, was born in…
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Who was the Duchess of Windsor?

Bessie Wallis Warfield – more commonly known as Wallis – was born 19 June 1896 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, to Teackle Wallis Warfield and Alice Montague. Wallis grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father died shortly after her birth from tuberculosis…
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Stolen Swedish Royal Regalia to return home

In 2018, the royal regalia from Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden was stolen. Following a long hunt for the thieves, the regalia was found in 2019. Now, after being restored for a longer period the regalia is ready to come back home. Sometime during this week the stolen…
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Royal gardens begin to open to visitors again

The grounds of some of Britain’s most famous royal residences are to welcome visitors once more after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, ongoing restrictions mean that booking will be mandatory for anyone hoping to make a trip. Sandringham’s formal gardens will be open this weekend, on June 13th and 14th but visitors have to secure a slot in advance by heading to…
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The failed assassination attempt on King Juan Carlos of Spain

In 1997, the life of the Spanish King came under threat as a plot was made to kill him during the opening of a new museum. The failed assassination attempt on King Juan Carlos was discovered by Spanish police by chance and resulted in an international hunt for the men who wanted to kill the Spanish monarch. Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui was the master of the plan together with some other members…
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