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Royal Pictures from History: Charles and Diana present baby William to the world

A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes captures the essence of a moment more than the most perfect prose. The royal story is filled with images that tell a tale all of their own.In this occasional series, Royal Central looks at some of the best known pictures in regal history and today we rewind almost four decades to a very famous debut in London. The picture – June 22nd…
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Wallis Simpson and the fight over the HRH

On 27 May 1937, just a few days before Wallis Simpson and the former King Edward VIII were due to be married, a letter arrived from King George VI with “not very good news.” Edward then learned that while Wallis would become Duchess of Windsor upon marriage, she…
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Royal Ascot: A history of the Royal Meeting which acts as the highlight of The Queen's summer

Royal Ascot is a highlight of the royal calendar, and every June, thousands of people including the Royal Family head to the races. It is one of the oldest traditions for the royals, and has carried on throughout the global health crisis. In 2020, the meeting was held without any spectators. For this year’s event, up to 12,000 guests will be allowed to attend each day, as Royal Ascot is taking…
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The mystery of the Flora Hastings scandal - a controversy that swirled Queen Victoria's reign

Today, we’re looking at a royal history mystery involving Queen Victoria and a controversy that swirled early in her reign. What was the Flora Hastings Scandal? A Royal Destiny Queen Victoria was poised for the throne from birth. By the time her uncle, William IV, became king in 1830, she was his only legitimate heir. She was the granddaughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte who…
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William and Kate's university romance

Twenty years on from when they first met at the University of St Andrews, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will return for a visit to their alma mater during a royal visit to Scotland this week. Ahead of their visit, let’s look back on their university romance. William and Kate enrolled at the University of St Andrews in 2001, both preparing to study for a degree in the History of…
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