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A guide to the Order of the British Empire

Two times a year (at The Queen’s Official Birthday and on New Year’s Day), lists of those set to receive honours from The Queen are published by the Government. The most common order which those being honoured are admitted to is the Order of the British Empire, instituted by George V in 1917 as a way of marking civilian achievement. The Order of the British Empire has 6 ranks, 2 of…
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Getting to know Timothy Laurence

One of the lesser known members of the British Royal Family is the Princess Royal’s husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.  Generally referred to as Tim, he is her second husband. He is very often overlooked, but is an interesting royal nevertheless. This post offers a glimpse at who Sir Tim really is. In March 1955, Timothy Laurence was born in South London to Commander Guy Laurence…
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Prince Harry's South Pole trek: meet the challengers

Prince Harry’s patronage of Walking With the Wounded is not your typical royal patronage. After joining them for part of their 2011 trek to the North Pole, he set a new bar for himself. As far as WWTW goes, it’s not enough for Prince Harry to speak at black tie galas, he…
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The island where Prince Philip is worshipped as a god

Villagers on a remote island in the South Pacific are counting the days until they welcome their god back to his rightful home, their god being Prince Philip. Children are taught that Philip is a god who lives in England and will one day return. A group of people on the island of Tanna called the Yaohnanen believe that a man who descended from their spirit ancestors will next month return to the…
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Palace Security: How on Earth did they get past?

One would expect, in this day and age, for Buckingham Palace to be the height of security, though as was demonstrated last week, this is far from the case. In case you didn’t see the news, a man was arrested in one of the State Rooms at the Palace last Monday after…
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The tragic sons of York and Lancaster: Know your Edwards

The fifteenth century was littered with Edwards. It had always been a popular royal name and the London associations with Edward the Confessor, whose tomb was located within Westminster Abbey, made it a favourite choice for royal mothers giving birth there. It was also traditional to name sons after their fathers or after the King. The succession of the Yorkist Edward IV provided an obvious…
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