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Royal Palaces: Marie-Antoinette's Grove at Versailles restored

The infamous French queen, Marie-Antoinette, left her mark on the Palace of Versailles in many different ways. She is closely associated with the Petit Trianon, a Neoclassical chateau on the Versailles grounds, where she would escape from the formality and treachery of court. Another of her favourite spaces has been restored over the last two years; the Queen’s Grove is now open to the public…
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What is a royal ship sponsor?

The Duchess of Cambridge was announced as the new Royal Navy vessel HMS Glasgow’s sponsor while The Queen is in Scotland for Holyrood Week. Kate will be the latest in a long line of royal women who have acted as Sponsors for the Royal Navy, so let’s take a look at some of the most famous examples. To be named a ship’s Sponsor is a huge honour for the women in the Royal Family. It…
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The royal wedding and royal tragedy that changed a bride's life forever

It was a quiet country affair, far removed from the pomp and ceremony we’ve come to expect from royal weddings. The setting was an English parish church, the regal guest list only filled a couple of pews, and the bride walked in several minutes late carrying her own train to protect it from the rain. The marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, on 8 July 1972, was a royal wedding with a…
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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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Colombia takes down statue of Queen Isabel of Castile

Colombia has started the removal of several historical statues, including a royal statue of the Spanish Queen Isabel of Castile. The statue was removed as a security measure after the statue was tried to be torn down by protesters. The Colombian Ministry of Culture carried out around the removal in silent at 5 am Friday morning last week to avoid problems. The statue was located at the…
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