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The Illegitimate Royals: The Beaufort Children

John of Gaunt, born in 1340, was the third son of King Edward III. Through advantageous marriages and land grants, John became exceedingly wealthy and influential at his father’s court. John’s influence increased when his brother Edward – who was the heir to the throne – became unwell and died leaving his young son to succeed as King Richard II. At this time, John of Gaunt took…
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'Once more a supreme test has to be faced': George VI's words on D-Day

As D-Day took place, King George VI spoke to the people of Britain and the Empire it still retained. His speech was set to inspire, to comfort and to look to the future with determination as World War Two entered a new phase, one which he himself referred to as ‘a fight to win the final victory for the good cause’. As tens of thousands of troops prepared to battle to free Europe from…
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History of Royal Titles: HRH and Prince/Princess

One of the primary things that shows a member of the Royal Family’s status is their title and style. The title is the part which precedes their name and the style is what determines how one addresses the royal. Royal titles haven’t always been as they are now.
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Royal Childbirth and the Tudors

The experience of royal childbirth in the Tudor period was perilous at best, the attitude towards it both anxious and obsessive, most especially because the weight of its outcome would concern the matter of the succession. This is a crucial case in point that royal sex was…
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Who is the White Queen?

If you enjoy historical fiction as much as me, I am sure that you will be looking forward to the BBC’s new programme ‘The White Queen’, starting tonight at 9pm, as much as I am. Based on Philippa Gregory’s popular ‘cousin’ books this ten-part series follows the fortunes of three of the most influential women at the time of The War of the Roses. So who is the…
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60 Fascinating Facts About The Queen's Coronation

Vivid colour photograph of inside the Abbey during The Queen’s coronation service. 60 years ago tomorrow, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of over 7,000 people inside the Abbey and for the first time, millions on television. Here…
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How The English Monarchy Began

There’s no doubt with us that the British Monarchy is the most iconic and famous Monarchy in the world. Its history, though, is just as iconic as its present. In this article, we explain how England, and then Britain’s Monarchy came to begin to in bite size chunks. Roman Origins Prior to any homeland Monarchy in Britain, England was part of the Roman Empire as a Roman colony. Britain…
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