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On This Day in 1940: King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav were almost killed in a bomb attack

It has been 80 years since the German invasion of Norway. Hitler was looking for the Norwegian Royal Family, and for a while, he also tried to get the 3-year-old Prince Harald to rule the nation as a child king. The royal family managed to escape and lived in exile in the UK and the US for the next five years. Crown Princess Martha left Norway with Prince Harald, Princess Ragnhild and Princess…
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The Queen Mother described Wallis Simpson as ‘a naughty lady’

The Queen Mother’s determination to keep her distance from Wallis Simpson is well known, with Her Majesty once writing a letter describing the American socialite as a ‘’naughty lady’. The description of Wallis came in a letter penned by Elizabeth to her own mother-in-law, Queen Mary. In it she writes ‘’relations are already a little difficult when naughty ladies are brought…
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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 lasted decades, survived a serious separation and ultimately led to the creation of a dynasty which would snatch the throne…
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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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From woodland to a royal palace - Oslo Royal Palace's historical development

The Royal Palace in Oslo is today a striking monument in the city centre of Oslo. When the castle was built, it was located outside the very centre of Oslo. The property that is today the residence of Norway’s monarch was for only 300 years ago nothing more than part of a forest. Let us take a look at the historical development of this property – from forest to castle. The most…
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