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Who was the last Princess Louise?

On 8 November, Lady Louise Windsor – the daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex – will turn 18. And on her 18th birthday, she could choose to go by the style “Princess Louise”. However, she would not be the first Princess Louise in the Royal Family. The last Princess Louise was the Princess Royal and the mother of a duchess in her own right.  Princess Louise of Wales was…
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What happened to Bulgaria's monarchy?

Until 1946, Bulgaria was formally known as the Kingdom of Bulgaria because it had a monarch. What happened to the Bulgarian’s monarchy is an interesting story of global politics and the effects of war. As the timing would indicate, the catalyst for the change was…
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Charlotte of Wales, the queen Britain missed

Princess Charlotte of Wales was the queen that Britain never had, and easily the most popular member of the Royal Family during her lifetime. When she died in childbirth aged just 21, she was deeply mourned by the British public, yet her story is so often consigned to a footnote in history. Princess Charlotte was the only child of the Prince Regent – later King George IV – and his estranged…
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Japan's last Empress regnant

While debates still take place in Japan on whether or not women should have succession rights and head their own branches of the Imperial Family, empress regnants have existed before in Japanese history. In fact, Japan has had eight women reign in their own right, the last of whom was Go-Sakuramachi. Born as Princess Toshiko on 23 September 1740, the future monarch was the daughter of Emperor…
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The royal wedding that inspired Oktoberfest

Towns and cities across the UK are hosting beer festivals inspired by Oktoberfest, the famous celebration that usually takes over Munich as autumn arrives. The main German event was cancelled in 2021 for the second year in a row, because of the pandemic. But while thousands…
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Royal Ghost Stories: Elizabeth I

She’s one of the most famous queens in history and died in 1603. Since then numerous royals (and monarchs themselves) have claimed to have seen the departed monarch in ghost form, and we are taking a look at some of those ghost stories. Windsor Castle Queen Elizabeth I has been said to haunt Windsor Castle and has appeared before several monarchs. She has been seen floating from the…
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