At Grillon's Hotel: an unlikely royal romance

On a summer’s day in 1818, a young German princess walked into one of the most famous hotels in London to meet a man twice her age. Just a year earlier, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen and her suitor, William, Duke of Clarence, would never have considered chatting let alone taking the step that would inevitably follow this brief exchange. But after a short time together, with chaperones, of…
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The King of Appleton House

It was a quiet country house, described by several who knew it as ‘’little’’ and a ‘’pied a terre’, given as a wedding present to a royal couple who were expected to linger on the fringes of regal life. Yet on July 2nd 1903, it became the birthplace of one of…
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The Dutch state visit to the UK: history and memories

The official announcement that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will make a state visit to the UK this autumn is confirmation of a long-awaited and hotly anticipated trip. The visit will run between October 23rd and 24th and will see the Dutch royals hosted at Buckingham Palace. Ahead of the visit, Royal Central looks back at past trips between the two nations. One of the…
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How Education and Qualifications Can Help You Get an OBE

Twice a year the Queen bestows upon the hardest working people an award of achievement. This award can be given to people from all walks of life, and is a formal recognition by the royal family of an individual’s achievements in their sector. A person can be awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire…
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Happy Birthday, Princess Madeleine! - 36 facts about the Swedish royal on her birthday

On 10 June 1982, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden was born. To celebrate her 36th birthday here are 36 facts on the Swedish royal: 1. Madeleine recently admitted in an interview on Skavlan that she is naturally a shy person, but she is “working on it.” 2. When she and her husband, Chris lived in New York City, they would sometimes speak in German to one another to keep…
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