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Killed in battle: Prince Oskar of Prussia

Prince Oskar Wilhelm Karl Hans Kuno of Prussia was born on 15 July in 1915 at the Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) near Potsdam in the Kingdom of Prussia. He was the son of Prince Oscar Karl Gustav Adolf of Prussia and his wife, Princess Ina-Marie Gräfin of Bassewitz. He was the grandchild of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. When Prince Oskar was three-years-old, his family was forced to abdicate…
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Murdered Royals: Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was born as Duchess in Bavaria in 1837. She enjoyed an informal upbringing before marrying her first cousin Emperor Franz Joseph I at the age of sixteen. Empress Elisabeth was recognised as one of the most beautiful women in Europe and always…
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The complex prince who helped make modern Monaco: the life of Louis II

Today, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, let’s take a look back at the life of a complex Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Prince Louis II, who oversaw a period of great cultural strides and dark days for the principality. Prince Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi was born 12 July 1870, the only child of Prince Albert I of Monaco and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton. His parents…
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Meet Henry VIII's most successful queen

On a hot summer day in 1543, a young widow married an ageing and much wed king in a ceremony that took many by surprise. By the time Katherine Parr said ‘I do’ to Henry VIII in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace on July 12th 1543, his five previous unions and…
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Murdered royals: Prince Louis, Duke of Orleans

Prince Louis de Valois, Duke of Orleans was born 13 March 1372 as the second-born son of the French monarch, King Charles V. Louis de Valois had a close relationship with his older brother, who had become the King of France by the age of twelve. Louis was intelligent and relatively well educated and thrived in the shadow of his brother. In 1374, Louis was betrothed to Catherine, heir…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

It was a quiet country affair, far removed from the pomp and ceremony we’ve come to expect from royal weddings. The setting was an English parish church, the regal guest list only filled a couple of pews, and the bride walked in several minutes late carrying her own train to protect it from the rain. The marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, on 8 July 1972, was a royal wedding with a…
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