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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 death, as the Great Western Railway conveyed the Queen’s body in the Royal Train from Paddington to Windsor for her…
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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…
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Royal Wedding Dresses: Sarah, Duchess of York

It was filled with special symbolism for the bride became a popular favourite, too.  The dress worn by the then Sarah Ferguson for her marriage to Prince Andrew on July 23rd 1986 at Westminster Abbey is still one of the most talked about royal weddings gowns of modern times and it’s more than stood the test of time. Embed from Getty Images The bride called it ”the most…
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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…
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Killed in battle: Prince Oskar of Prussia

Prince Oskar Wilhelm Karl Hans Kuno of Prussia was born on 15 July in 1915 at the Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) near Potsdam in the Kingdom of Prussia. He was the son of Prince Oscar Karl Gustav Adolf of Prussia and his wife, Princess Ina-Marie Gräfin of Bassewitz. He was the grandchild of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. When Prince Oskar was three-years-old, his family was forced to abdicate…
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Murdered Royals: Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was born as Duchess in Bavaria in 1837. She enjoyed an informal upbringing before marrying her first cousin Emperor Franz Joseph I at the age of sixteen. Empress Elisabeth was recognised as one of the most beautiful women in Europe and always…
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The complex prince who helped make modern Monaco: the life of Louis II

Today, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, let’s take a look back at the life of a complex Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Prince Louis II, who oversaw a period of great cultural strides and dark days for the principality. Prince Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi was born 12 July 1870, the only child of Prince Albert I of Monaco and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton. His parents…
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