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Monarchy Rules: what happened to the House of Plantagenet?

Nine royal houses have ruled England since the Norman Conquest in 1066 and all of them have made their mark. But eight have seen their power pass elsewhere and this summer Royal Central is looking at what happened to those that have now faded into history. We now reach the longest ruling dynasty of all, one that dominated England for centuries and ask – what happened to the House of…
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Elizabeth I's only surviving dress to go on show

She dressed to impress, using clothes and jewels as a way of establishing her power as she fought and succeeded in making monarchy a woman’s job and now what’s thought to be the only surviving gown worn by Elizabeth I is to go on display. The silver fabric that was once used by Gloriana herself will be on show at Hampton Court Palace from this autumn. The cloth in question spent…
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The Illegitimate Royals: James, Duke of Monmouth

Many royal illegitimate children are kept out of sight in a quiet country house. However, James Scott, Duke of Monmouth was quite opposite – he was a popular and well-known royal offspring who stayed in the spotlight for much of his life.  Born to King Charles II and Lucy Walter on 9 April 1649 in Rotterdam, he was originally called James Fitzroy (Fitz being a common surname for…
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GALLERY: Royals at the departure gate

It’s the starting point for many a summer break from the UK and this week, it gets a regal visitor. The Princess Royal is set to open the new terminal extension at London Luton, arriving at the departure gates at the height of holiday season. It will be the latest in a…
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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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