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Ten unusual royal middle names

On July 17th 1947, a little girl was born at King’s College Hospital, London and given a rather rare first name.  Camilla, first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, would become known around the world by the name her parents gave her in the days after her arrival but the child who grew up to be HRH The Duchess of Cornwall also brought an unusual middle name into the Royal…
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Why does Britain celebrate Bonfire Night?

Every year on 5th November Britain is lit up with fireworks and bonfires with people partaking in the ceremonial effigy-burning of Guy Fawkes. It is a time for people to gather together to share in food, drink and merriment. “Remember, remember! The fifth of…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at Edward VI

Edward VI was born on 12th October 1537 as the son of the reigning King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Edward’s sisters Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth were both fond of their little brother and visited him often. Edward was even fond of his father’s last wife Catherine Parr and called her his “most dear mother”. On 1 July 1543 Henry VIII signed the…
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Spooktacular tales: Haunted Hampton Court Palace

Throughout the history of the English Monarchy, no royal residence has seen as much drama as Hampton Court Palace. From the bloody religious acts of Mary I to the failed marriages of Henry VIII. Many people died during these eventful reigns, but many of the spirits of Hampton Courts deceased still inhabit the sumptuous palace. During the reign of George III, Hampton Court no longer became useful…
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Names you may have heard: Sir Alan Lascelles

Sir Alan Frederick Lascelles was born on 11 April 1887 at Sutton Waldron House in Dorset. He was the sixth and youngest child, and only surviving son, of Commander Frederick Canning Lascelles. Lascelles was also the grandson of the fourth Earl of Harewood. His mother…
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Doctor Who's Royal Adventures

It’s one of the biggest shows on British TV but even The Doctor needs a royal helping hand ever now and again. Doctor Who has been whirling on to our TV screens for over fifty years and in that time the travelling Time Lord, in all his incarnations, has had plenty of encounters with regal figures – and not all of them confined to the small screen. In 2013 alone, there were three…
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