History

The Duke who was told to miss the Coronation

70 years ago, preparations were being made for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, an event that promised to be one of the great events of the 20th century. However, in the months leading up to the ceremony, courtiers and politicians were working behind the scenes, trying to manage how to deal with one particular guest who was expected to be in attendance. The Duke of…
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European RoyalsFeaturesHistoryLuxembourg

The monarch’s role in Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had been in personal union with the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1839 until the death of King Willem III of the Netherlands in 1890. Upon his death, the Netherlands passed to his daughter Wilhelmina, but Luxembourg passed to a distant male relative who became Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. The current Grand Duke is Adolphe’s…
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History

The Mazarinettes: Laura Mancini

The Mancini sisters are famous for their connections to the French court, thanks to the work of their uncle, Cardinal Jules Mazarin. This is the first post in the series about the seven Mazarinettes. This post will explore the brief life of Laura Mancini, Duchess of…
British RoyalsFeaturesHistory

The Coronation Chair, an ancient symbol in the royal story

Several notable objects and regalia feature in British coronations. While the Imperial State Crown and the Orb and the Sceptre are the most discussed pieces, another item used in the Coronation ceremony is nearly 800 years old and has been used in every coronation since its creation in the thirteenth century. The Coronation Chair can be seen on display at Westminster Abbey when not in use…
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HistorySweden

The unknown drama at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden married Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) on a warm summer day in 2010. Huge celebrations were planned around the 19 June nuptials, and Swedes had been looking forward to the big event for a long time By the wedding day, hundreds of thousands of people flocked onto the streets of Stockholm; almost half a million people were on the streets of the Swedish…
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