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'Acid Raine' - how Countess Spencer went from being Diana's sworn enemy to her most trusted confidant

Raine Spencer was without a doubt one of the most flamboyant figures of the 20th Century. Politician, socialite and party host, Raine was a formidable woman who was both loved and loathed by high-society. She is best known for being stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales with whom she had a feisty relationship. Nicknamed ‘Acid Raine’ by Diana and the press, Countess Spencer was often vilified…
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Titles on Downton Abbey explained

Downton Abbey is, without doubt, one of the most popular TV shows produced in recent decades. The show gives us a look at the life of the Crawleys, a fictional aristocratic family who run and own the Downton estate. Set in the early 1900s, the show gives a fairly accurate…
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June's Jewels: the best Dutch Pearls

Pearls are the birthstone of June and they’ve formed parts of royal jewel collections for centuries. Today let’s look at some of the best pearl tiaras in the Dutch Royal Family’s collection! Antique Pearl Tiara Queen Máxima chose the Antique Pearl Tiara as her very first tiara when she joined the Dutch Royal Family, albeit without the pearl setting. It dates back…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson

Theirs sounds like a love affair out of a romantic comedy: at the Slip Inn pub in Sydney, Australia, a crown prince meets a sales executive during the Summer Olympics. He doesn’t reveal his identity straight away, and she has no idea of the secret he’s keeping. Then, he reveals the truth and they begin a relationship that three years later leads to the biggest royal wedding in Denmark in…
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May's Monarch Moment: a Royal Baby Special

We’re about to meet a monarch in the making. This month, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg welcome their first child. It’s a happy event for them, a moment of celebration in strange and difficult times and history in the making. For their baby will be second in line to their country’s throne from birth and, girl or boy, they are expected to one day rule.
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