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Entertainment fit for a King or Queen: The Royal Variety Performance

Dating back to 1912, the Royal Variety Performance has seen an outstanding 87 spectacular shows. View image | gettyimages.com King George V and Queen Mary first agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ which was to take place at the Palace Theatre in London. The performance supported the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the previous name of the Entertainment…
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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…
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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 – the next most senior members of the Royal Family – are a lot less clear cut. In fact, the exact expenditure of the…
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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 officials and confidants who advised the king, the Privy Council once had a place among Britain’s most powerful…
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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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How Princess Charlotte of Cambridge conquered Norfolk

It’s been her home for most of her life and the county where the littlest princess is spending her first summer has really taken her to its heart. Norfolk has Cambridge mania and it’s all thanks to baby Charlotte. The peaceful landscape of Norfolk has been home to Princess Charlotte for most of her early life Since her birth on May 2nd and arrival at Anmer Hall soon afterwards, a whole…
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