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April Sparkle: Britain's Best Diamonds Part I

The British Royal Family counts many spectacular diamond tiaras among their collection. So many, in fact, that we had to split this post into two parts to highlight 10 of their best diamonds. Read on for the first part! Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Embed from Getty Images The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, so named for the girls across both countries who pooled their…
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Book Review: The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

As the last Emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II’s twenty-three-year reign came to an abrupt end when he abdicated on 15 March 1917. Those tumultuous years of his reign were defined by the Russo-Japanese War that saw the annihilation of the Russian Baltic Fleet, Bloody Sunday and an estimated 3.3 million Russians die during World War I. The relatives of Nicholas’s extended family tree insisted…
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Geraldine, Last Queen of Albania

Queen Geraldine occupies a unique position in Albanian history: she’s the only queen consort in modern times, and she reigned alongside her husband for less than a year before they had to flee an Italian invasion. Though she spent the rest of her life zigzagging the…

Liliuokalani, Last Queen of Hawaii

While most of our “Last Queens” series focuses on consorts, this particular last queen was a reigning monarch. Liliuokalani was the only queen regnant and the last monarch of Hawaii before the Hawaiian kingdom was overthrown. It became the shortlived Republic of Hawaii before being annexed by the United States in 1898. Her Early Life Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha was…
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Queen Elizabeth II is NOT the Queen of England - is it so hard to get it right?

I am a bit of a stickler for correct usage of styles and titles. So it is a bit of a pet peeve of mine when these are used improperly. The main one that bugs me is calling Elizabeth II, Queen of England. That bothers me because “Queen of England” is not her correct title! Her correct title, simplified here, is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. England has not…
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