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Queen Victoria's Coronation Dress

Queen Victoria’s reign is notable for its length, for its innovations and revolutions, and for her steadfastness in navigating the Crown through to modern times. Her fashion was legendary both contemporarily—she helped popularise white wedding dresses—and today as a study not only of the woman but also the kingdom she reigned over. The morning she ascended the throne, 20 June 1837, she…
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The mistake at Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

When the whole world is watching, the pressure to pull off an event perfectly like a coronation is immense. It’s been 70 years since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and during the three-hour service, it’s reported the then 25-year-old made only one mistake. It was a first-of-its-kind event as modern technology meant that this was the first British coronation to be televised…
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The coronation of a consort who might have been England's first queen regnant

In another lifetime, perhaps she’d be recognised as England’s first queen regnant, but Elizabeth of York was fated to be a consequential queen consort instead, with her popularity helping to sow peace in the aftermath of the Wars of the Roses. Elizabeth holds a unique position in English history: she is the only woman to be daughter, niece, sister, wife, and mother to kings. The long and…
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The Coronation of Edward VII

King Charles III has often been compared to his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII. Both ascended the throne after their mother’s enjoyed record-breaking reigns, and at the time of each king’s ascension, they both held the record for longest-serving Prince of…
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Where was Edward the Confessor crowned?

For almost a millennium, kings and queens have been crowned at Westminster Abbey. But perhaps the king most intrinsically linked to the Abbey was never crowned there: Edward the Confessor. Instead, Edward the Confessor was crowned at Winchester Cathedral. He succeeded his older half-brother, Harthacnut, in 1042 but delayed his coronation until Easter 1043. Winchester Cathedral—or the…
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