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Murdered Royals: Emperor Maximilian of Mexico

The Austrian Prince Maximilian was born in 1832 as the son of Archduke Franz Karl of Austria and Princess Sophie of Bavaria. He grew up in safe surroundings in Austria and pursued a career in the Austrian Navy. Following his career, he became a close friend of Emperor Napoleon III of France. Maximilian was encouraged by Napoleon III to become Emperor of Mexico following the French intervention…
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Queen Victoria's Saloon

Queen Victoria’s relationship with the railway began on 13 June 1842, when she drove from Windsor to Slough with Prince Albert, to make the historic first royal journey by train to Paddington. This relationship would continue throughout her life and endure, even beyond her…

The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most tragic figures in royal history. She inherited her crown at only six-days-old and spent her childhood and adolescence in France. After the death of her first husband, King Francis II died in 1560, she returned to a turbulent and uncertain Scotland. With two questionable Scottish marriages, she attempted to flee after an unsuccessful uprising. Soon…
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British RoyalsFeaturesHistory

Killed in battle: Prince Maurice of Battenberg

Prince Maurice of Battenberg was Queen Victoria’s grandson, as he was the son of Victoria’s daughter, Princess Beatrice and her husband, Prince Henry of Battenberg. Prince Maurice of Battenberg was born at Balmoral Castle in 1891 and grew up in Great Britain. His elder sister, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg married Alfonso XIII of Spain and was Queen Consort of Spain between 1906 and…
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The prince who might have been King of Ireland

Prince Joachim of Prussia may have found himself a king had history worked out differently. Today, on the 100th anniversary of his death, let’s take a look back at the life of the man who might have been King of Ireland. Prince Joachim Franz Humbert of Prussia was born…
British RoyalsHistory

The Queen's role in Australian political row revealed

It’s been the subject of debate for decades but now the Queen’s real role in a political event that rocked Australia have been revealed. Letters just released confirm that Elizabeth II had no advance knowledge of the sacking of the country’s Prime Minister by her Governor General in 1975. The letters had been kept secret for over forty years but were finally made public…
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