The royal duchess who went from mistress to matriarch

It was a famous royal love story that shocked as much as it thrilled. John of Gaunt was the ultra-ambitious prince whose desire to be a king almost cost him his life, Katherine Swynford was the mysterious commoner who supplanted a queen in his affections. Their relationship lasted decades, survived a serious separation and ultimately led to the creation of a dynasty which would snatch the throne…
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Royal History Mystery: What happened to Edward II?

Today we’re looking at a royal history mystery involving the death of a king. What happened to Edward II of England? Edward II was born in 1284 as the fourth son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. His three elder brothers pre-deceased him, and he became his father’s…
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From woodland to a royal palace - Oslo Royal Palace's historical development

The Royal Palace in Oslo is today a striking monument in the city centre of Oslo. When the castle was built, it was located outside the very centre of Oslo. The property that is today the residence of Norway’s monarch was for only 300 years ago nothing more than part of a forest. Let us take a look at the historical development of this property – from forest to castle. The most…
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Why is Queen Margrethe called 'Daisy'?

Last week, Queen Margrethe of Denmark had to celebrate her birthday in a different way than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many royals from Europe had come together and made a very special video greeting for the Danish Queen. Many people noticed that several…

Hitler's secret plans to turn a 3 year old Prince into King of Norway

This year, in 2020, marks 75 years since World War II ended. It’s also 80 years since war came to the monarchies of Norway and Denmark. While the Danish royal family was taken prisoner by the Germans, the Norwegian royal family managed to escape from the Germans and carry on the war for the next five years from exile. Following the German attack on Norway on April 9, 1940, Crown Princess…
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The Royal Escape from Oslo: 9 April 1940

This year, in 2020, marks 75 years since World War II ended. It is also the 80th anniversary of war coming to the Monarchies of Norway and Denmark. While the Danish royal family was taken prisoner by the Nazis, the Norwegian royal family managed to escape and carry on the…
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#OTD: Remembering Charles and Camilla's Wedding

Today marks the crystal wedding anniversary of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The relationship had been one of the most talked about in the world and the marriage ceremony itself attracted global attention. The two wed in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall followed by a marriage blessing at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle overseen by the then Archbishop of…
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