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Highclere Castle: not just Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle, located in England’s southern county of Berkshire, is the seat of the Earl of Carnarvo,n and has been owned by the Herbert family since 1679. The history of the estate may be traced back some 1,300 years when owned by the Bishops of Winchester. George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, is the current owner of Highclere and lives with his wife, Lady…
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The Queen's Dressmaker: Angela Kelly

Part of the job of being royal is dressing the part and Queen Elizabeth II has never disappointed when it comes to choosing the right thing to wear. Whether she is entertaining guests at a glittering state banquet or performing a royal walkabout, Her Majesty The Queen…
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How much do the Cambridges cost the taxpayer?

Every year, the finances of both The Queen and the Prince of Wales are released, in great detail, to the media and the public. While figures show that the Prince of Wales is a net contributor to public funds, the funding arrangements of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…
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Monarchy Monday: State Banquets

If there is something that Buckingham Palace does exceptionally well, it would be the State Banquets that are put on the first evening of a state visit by a visiting Head of State. Taking place in the ballroom, the State Banquet is one of the most formal events the Palace…
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A brief look at the Privy Council

An engraving showing the Privy Council in 1770. It’s often forgotten that just like the Prime Minister has his body of advisers in the Cabinet, Her Majesty has her own in the form of the Privy Council. Originally descended from the Curia Regis, a group of household…
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How historic royals became big money spinners in the auction rooms

At the end of this month, a lock of hair snipped from the head of a woman who died almost 500 years ago will be sold at auction. The estimate on this tiny lot is up to £500. The sale will take place just days after a pair of 100 year old bloomers sold for over £12,000. And what do both these unusual objects have in common? They both belonged to long dead queens. Royal memorabilia is…
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Monarchy Monday: Investitures

The dream of attending an Investiture is something that makes up my dreams. An Investiture is where a person who is awarded an honour receives that award in person from The Queen, The Prince of Wales and sometimes The Princess Royal or Prince William. View image |…
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Princess Charlotte's christening: a royal setting

It is better known as the back drop to royal Christmas celebrations but a little church in Norfolk is about to write another chapter in its long regal history.  St Mary Magadalene on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday, already boasts a pretty impressive royal pedigree. But the decision of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to bring their…
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