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Margrethe at 80: Queen and Mother

Queen Margrethe is the proud mother of two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. She also has two loving and dutiful daughters-in-law, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie. Today, let’s look at some of Queen Margrethe’s motherly (and mother-in-law-ly) moments. Princess Margrethe became a mother for the first time on 26 May 1968, when her son, Prince Frederik, was…
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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 world, trying to find a place to settle, Queen Geraldine never gave up promoting her son’s interests as an uncrowned king.
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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…
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The life and times of the 18th Duchess of Alba, who had more titles than Queen Elizabeth II

The 18th Duchess of Alba, María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, was born on 28 March 1926 at the vast Liria Palace, which has served as the Madrid residence of the Dukes of Albas for generations (most of the home was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and was rebuilt by the Duchess’s father and the Duchess). The Fitz-James Stuarts, the most powerful aristocratic…
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Whatever happened to the 1969 documentary 'Royal Family' which The Queen banned from the public?

It has been over 50 years since the famous documentary ‘Royal Family’ was shown on British TV screens. At the time this, documentary really was the most talked about thing; not necessarily because of its content, but the plain fact that such a documentary was broadcast. The chances are, unless you’re a really attentive royalist, you’ve never even heard of the documentary, and there’s…
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