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The last book read to Prince Albert displayed at Buckingham Palace

As Prince Albert reprimanded his second daughter, Princess Alice, for telling her eldest sister the Crown Princess, that their father’s illness had worsened, he said sadly (but correctly): ‘You did wrong. You should have told her I am dying’. The Prince’s fatalism was such that he acknowledged what the Queen did not dare herself to admit. Indeed, Queen Victoria’s letters to her uncle…
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The Queen is listed among the most admired people in the world

The Queen has been named as one of the most admired people in the world in a new poll. The YouGov research also shows that Elizabeth II makes the top twenty most respected women in every country where the survey took place. The overall poll lists the top twenty most admired men and top twenty most admired women and contains just one royal among all forty candidates. The Queen is the fourth most…
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Queen Victoria and the number fourteen?

For Queen Victoria, the number fourteen held a terrible power. This date, the ‘14th’, could seem to haunt the Queen like the shadow of death. Much as she later tried to reclaim it as a sacred date, she beheld it with an almost mystical sense of dark fascination and dread. Her feelings for this day of the month were well founded and can be traced back to the date of the death of her beloved…
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