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Before they were royal: The life of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy was born in Renaix, Belgium, on 18 February 1984. She is the eighth and youngest child of the Count de Lannoy and the late Countess de Lannoy, born Alix della Faille de Leverghem. She grew up on the family estate in Anvaing in Hainaut, Belgium, with her seven brothers and sisters. Stéphanie began her education at Sancta Maria Primary School in Renaix. She went on to…
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The eight best portrayals of The Queen in TV and film

The Queen has been portrayed in TV shows and films over the years by an array of actresses. Whether they have played her on the small screen, in blockbuster films or voiced animated versions of her, there have been some iconic portrayals. Phoebe Barton takes a look back at…
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The Eleanor Crosses: a king's memorial to his lost love

They are monuments to love that have told a royal romance for seven centuries. The Eleanor Crosses are a famous part of England’s regal history and, for hundreds of years, they have told the story of the king who built them for the queen he had lost and could never forget. Now, in 2018, just a handful survive to pay witness to the devotion of Edward I to his consort, Eleanor of Castile. But…
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Queen Victoria's dogs

Queen Victoria’s love of dogs provided the inspiration for royal sculpture and painting, as well, of course, the Queen’s journal entries. References to her dogs abound throughout. Interestingly, her life may in one way, be charted through her dogs, because they were with…
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Charlie Proctor: It is high time we stop treating The Royal Family like celebrities

Royal Central’s Editor-in-Chief Charlie Proctor says it is high time we stop treating members of The Royal Family as celebrities and to instead consider them in the same light as any politicians or statespersons. What does the Duchess of Cambridge and Kim Kardashian have in common? Maybe more than we would like to admit! Both of these women regularly feature on the front pages of newspapers…
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Princess Alix of Hesse's visit to Malta

Princess Alix of Hesse visited Malta in 1890. Little would appear to have been recorded about it, although it is possible to piece together some details of the trip from surviving accounts, biographies by those that personally knew her and from extracts of letters she wrote herself. The following is the result of what I have managed to discover so far about this visit that she made, as part of a…
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