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The cigarette tragedy that killed an 18-year-old Austrian Archduchess

Archduchess Mathilde of Austria was born in 1849 as the daughter of Archduke Albert, Duke of Teschen and his wife, Princess Hildegard of Bavaria. She grew up in a wealthy and charming home with a kind family. During the summer, the family spent their time at the Weilburg Palace in Baden bei Wien. The winters were spent in the royal residence in downtown Vienna. The family was very close to the…
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The birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales

It’s the place where one of the most famous royal stories of the 20th century began. Park House, on the Sandringham Estate, was the birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was born there on July 1st 1961. Her parents, then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp…
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Denmark's American-born Princess

Several European nations have had members of their royal families with American backgrounds – many of whom have created scandals. In the British Royal Family, King Edward VIII chose to abdicate in 1936 to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson, and in more recent years, the Duchess of Sussex has been in the headlines in newspapers around the world after she and the Duke of Sussex stepped back…
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The unhappy royal love story which helped make Richard III a king

Richard III was declared King of England on June 26th 1483 – thanks to a royal romance which had all but been forgotten. She was the long dead widow who was used by a king to overthrow his own nephew and yet her name is all but forgotten today. Eleanor Butler was the woman who helped change the royal history of England forever and almost brought one of its most famous dynasties to…
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A Calendar of Kings: June

History is scattered with monarchical milestones which tell the story of the reigns that have shaped a realm. June, that sunniest of months, is no different. Some of the most famous rulers in British history had landmark moments in its midsummer days. Here’s a Calendar…
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A Midsummer's Dream: the royal anniversaries on one day in June

It is the high point of summer and a high point in the royal history books. For June 22nd, in the very heart of midsummer, has seen some of the most celebrated and sparkling of all regal events. And all of them are milestones in famous reigns.Here are four special royal events for one midsummer’s day of regal dreams. The First Diamond Queen – June 22nd 1897, London On June…
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