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The stories of Queen Victoria's granddaughters: Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine

‘A supremely honest woman, full of courage’. Those words, written about Queen Victoria’s second granddaughter, perhaps sum her up better than anything else.Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine lived through many tragedies but never gave up. Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, second left in this image, was the second granddaughter of Queen Victoria This princess who called Queen Victoria…
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Opinion

Why Monarchy?

Former King Farouk of Egypt once said “The whole world is in revolt. Soon there will be only five Kings left —the King of Spades, the King of Clubs, the King of Hearts, the King of Diamonds, and the King of England.” Farouk’s quip left out a number of crowned heads…
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Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant: your 90 second summer reading review

For the eight-hour flight to London, I thought why not read something easy to pass the time instead of the usual history or biographies I read. Figured let’s see how sensationalised the story of Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother’s Most Devoted Servant by Tom Quinn was. Why not waste just a meager amount of money on a book I already knew I had my…
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Stories of the Stuarts: The New Model Army

The Battle of Naseby was the first proper battle of the New Model Army. The New Model Army was established by the Parliamentarians in February 1645 during the height of the English Civil War. They felt that a professional army would be more successful when pitted against 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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Opinion

Is it time we made more of royal birthdays?

Looking at the images coming from Sweden on July 14th this year, two things struck me. Firstly, the second in line to the throne, Princess Estelle, has royal engagements wrapped up at the age of three. Secondly, doing a walkabout every year on a royal birthday is really rather a good idea. And it got me wondering whether it’s time our royals started doing the same thing. Before everyone starts…
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