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Royal Wedding Dresses: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

On 30 March 2001, Queen Beatrix announced the engagement of her son and heir, Prince Willem-Alexander to the Argentine-born investment banker Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti. The couple were married on 2 February 2002. Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary! To celebrate, let’s take a look back at Máxima’s stunning wedding ensemble: the…
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Westminster Abbey's Royal Brides: The Middle Ages

This month, Westminster Abbey became a royal wedding venue for the first time in centuries when Princess Patricia of Connaught married there. She was the church’s first royal bride in over 500 years. As the centenary of her wedding approaches, Royal Central is looking…
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Who is Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands?

Today, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands turns 81-years-old. So we are going to have a little look at who she is and what has happened in her life so far. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was born in 1938 in Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, the Netherlands as the eldest child of the future Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Princess Beatrix was soon…
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Returning to England with Victoria

The Duke of Kent was determined that his unborn child – history’s Queen Victoria – should not be born outside of Britain, to assure its right to succeed to the throne in the British mind. As a true Hanoverian, he was the fourth son of George III, the King who famously…
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Queen Victoria's childhood bed to go on display

She took it with her wherever she went, even writing in her diary of ”my own little bed which travels always with me”, and now this significant piece of furniture, which Queen Victoria used while still a princess, is going on display. The wooden frame, complete with storage drawers and arched head and footboards, has been bought by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) and it will go on show…
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Yes Sir, you are a fool - so why haven't you learnt your lesson?

When the Duke of Edinburgh was rescued from his overturned Land Rover on Thursday, an eyewitness heard him to shout “I’m sucha fool.”I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t agree more, Your Royal Highness, not because you are still driving, or because you were involved in such an unfortunate accident – but because a mere 48 hours later you took to the wheel…
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