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Royals and witchcraft: Eleanor Cobham

Eleanor Cobham is perhaps one of the lesser known royal wives of medieval times. As with most women of her time, not much is known of her youth. She was born around 1400, probably at Sterborough Castle in Kent, which didn’t survive the reign of Oliver Cromwell. Her parents were Reginald Cobham, 3rd Baron Sterborough, 3rd Lord Cobham and Eleanor Culpeper. When she was around 22 years old, she…
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Tales of Tudor ghosts: Jane Seymour

She was the queen who gave Henry VIII the son he so desired but Jane Seymour’s story had far from a happy ending. The consort died just a few days after presenting the Tudor monarch with his longed for male heir and is now said to haunt one of the most famous royal…
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Tales of Tudor Ghosts: Catherine Howard

As Hallowe’en approaches, ghost stories abound. The nights are drawing in, darkness is falling and amidst the swirling mists of late autumn evenings come tales of mystery. This Hallowe’en, Royal Central is taking a look at some of the best known tales of regal…
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Palace of Russian Tsar to reopen

A Russian imperial residence is to reopen following extensive rehabilitation. This is the Alexander Palace in St Petersburg which over the past three years has been renovated for more than £24 million (or 31 million US dollars or 2 billion Russian rubles). The palace was the last home of Tsar Nicholas II before he was executed along with his family. It was from the Alexander Palace that the Tsar…
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New Marie Antoinette exhibition in Paris celebrates her life

Marie Antoinette died on the guillotine at the hands of French Revolutionaries on 16th October 1793. Upon her death, the de-throned Queen was the most hated woman in France and was used a scapegoat for all that was failing in the country at the time following her husband’s reign. Now 226 years after her execution, a new exhibition Marie-Antoinette: the Metamorphosis of an Image, is opening in…
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The Colourful Engagement Rings of Windsor Brides

Today we’re looking at some of the colourful engagement rings of Windsor brides. From the Queen Mother to Princess Eugenie, sapphires are a popular choice amongst the Windsors. However, other women have also worn rubies, emeralds, and a unique stone from an architect…
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The royal wedding that inspired Oktoberfest

The beer tents have been put away, the dancing is done and nearly all of the hangovers have faded. Oktoberfest, the huge beer and folk festival that takes over Munich for several weeks in early autumn, has come to a close just days ahead of a special anniversary. For October…
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The common illness that killed a queen

In the early autumn days of1537,King Henry VIIIwas celebrating as his court welcomed a prince. His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread rejoicing. Preparations were in full swingfor an elaborate christening and bonfires were being lit around the little boy’s future kingdom. But while the parties…
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