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Royal Wedding Dresses: Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

All royal wedding dresses are keenly anticipated but there is always slightly more interest and slightly more pressure when the gown on show belongs to a queen in waiting. On December 4th 1999, Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz walked into the Town Hall of Brussels for the start of her marriage celebrations to the heir to the throne of Belgium, Philippe. Mathilde’s marriage turned her…
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A Royal Wedding Anniversary: the marriage 85 years ago of the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece was memorable in many ways, writes Jane Dismore

‘Marina is pretty & charming & I think Georgie is very lucky to have found such a delightful bride.’ These happy words in September 1934 from Queen Mary, mother of Prince George, to Lady Desborough barely disguised the relief she and George V felt as they approached the marriage of their youngest son to the granddaughter of the late King George I of Greece.  Their eldest son…
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Finding Queen Maud in Oslo

This year, it is 150 years since Norway’s Queen Maud was born. This is marked by Royal Central with several articles where we look at the life of the British princess who married a Danish prince and ended up as a Norwegian queen. In Oslo today, the city that Maud once…
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The lost tiara of Queen Maud

This year, it is 150 years since the Norwegian Queen Maud was born in London. Much has been written about the queen who was elected to be monarch together with her husband as a new Norwegian royal couple in an independent Norway in 1905. When Queen Maud came to Norway, she…
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Christmas at Windsor to include gifts exchanged by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be celebrated by a small display at Windsor, once the setting for the many Christmases which the royal couple spent together with their growing family of nine children. Displayed in the Octagon Dining Room, it will recall the ritual of the Bescherung, [‘Giving of Gifts’] the traditional German custom of exchanging gifts on…
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90 Years of Grace: The Princess's Passions

During her royal career, Princess Grace was active in supporting Monaco on the global stage. She focused her charity work to support the arts scene in Monaco, as well as flowers and gardening, healthcare, children, and motherhood. Today, we’re going to take a look at Princess Grace’s patronages and charity work. One of her first patronages was taking over the presidency of the Monaco…
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