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When Mozart met Marie Antoinette?

The ‘meeting’ between Marie Antoinette and the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a fabled quality, not least because of the oft-repeated folklore that has grown around it. From the point of view of posterity, it is a fascinating moment to contemplate, when two legendary (Austrian) figures were in the same room, their biographical futures lying still before them. I want to explore the facts…
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The birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales

It’s the place where one of the most famous royal stories of the 20th century began. Park House, on the Sandringham Estate, was the birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was born there on July 1st 1961. Her parents, then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp…
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Who was Diana, Princess of Wales?

On the 59th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s birth, Royal Central takes a look back at the life of a remarkable woman who would become known as the ‘People’s Princess’. Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House within the royal Sandringham Estate. She was the fourth child to be welcomed by John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and his wife, Frances…
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Denmark's American-born Princess

Several European nations have had members of their royal families with American backgrounds – many of whom have created scandals. In the British Royal Family, King Edward VIII chose to abdicate in 1936 to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson, and in more recent years…
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How many of Henry VIII's queens were crowned?

‘Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.’ That sad little rhyme, summing up the fates of Henry VIII’s six wives, is familiar to many. But while just about everyone knows that the monarch with a thing for wedding cake said ‘I do’ six times only to turn sour, and then some, on the majority of the women he married, the details of his consorts&#8217…
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A Calendar of Kings: June

History is scattered with monarchical milestones which tell the story of the reigns that have shaped a realm. June, that sunniest of months, is no different. Some of the most famous rulers in British history had landmark moments in its midsummer days. Here’s a Calendar…
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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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