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Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You've Heard About Anne Boleyn

<![CDATA["Incredibly vain, ambitious, unscrupulous, coarse, fierce, and relentless." It's an instantly recognizable image of Anne Boleyn. The quote comes from Paul Friedman's 1884 biography. But fans of Philippa Gregory will find her reincarnated as the sister from hell of The Other Boleyn Girl.  In David Starkey’s 2004 Six Wives, she is a vicious, vengeful harpy who…
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Avid Royal watcher to release book on his hobby

<![CDATA[A new book is to be released in March by 72-year-old Royal watcher, Colin Edwards. ‘The Royal Family: A Personal Portrait’ features Mr Edwards’ personal accounts of meeting members of the Royal family, complete with his own photographs. The book will…
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Why does The Queen love Sandringham?

<![CDATA[It is at this time of the year that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh stay at Sandringham, but why does The Queen likes it so much? The story of the royal connection begins in 1862. Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, was looking for a country home for his eldest son Albert Edward, Prince of Wales before his twentieth birthday. The idea was to find a healthy retreat for his…
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How to get tickets to Trooping the Colour

<![CDATA[Happy New Year. For Royalists, the New Year doesn't just mark a change of calendar, it marks the start of the short window and long battle to get tickets to the annual Queen's Birthday Parade: Trooping The Colour. Tickets for Trooping The Colour are allocated via ballot and between now an February, applications must be sent should you wish to attend. Trooping The Colour is a…
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What's in store for the Royal Family in 2014?

There’s no doubt that 2013 has been another amazing year for the Royal Family. With the birth of Prince George in July and the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, it’s been another year of milestones. But 2014 will, I’m sure, have its own…
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Titles on Downton Abbey explained

Downton Abbey is, without doubt, one of the most consistently popular TV shows produced in recent times. The show, which gives a look at the life of the Crawleys, a fictional aristocratic family who run and own the Downton estate. Set in the early 1900s, the show gives a…
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A guide to the Order of the British Empire

Two times a year (at The Queen’s Official Birthday and on New Year’s Day), lists of those set to receive honours from The Queen are published by the Government. The most common order which those being honoured are admitted to is the Order of the British Empire, instituted by George V in 1917 as a way of marking civilian achievement. The Order of the British Empire has 6 ranks, 2 of…
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