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King Harald could have become King at the age of three

On Wednesday, King Harald of Norway turns 81-years-old. There will be no big celebration like last year, but a private celebration with friends and the closest family. On the occasion of the King of Norway’s birthday, we will look at the not so well known history of His Majesty. King Harald was only a prince and three-years-old when the Germans invaded Norway during World War II. King…
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Queen Victoria's Journals

On 1 August 1832, the thirteen-year-old Princess Victoria of Kent made her first entry into her diary; it was a diary, as she described it on its title page, which had been given to her by her mother, the Duchess of Kent, at Kensington Palace the day before. Bound in…
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A look at Scandinavia's royal Olympians

With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony tomorrow, let’s take a look at the Scandinavian royals and their connection to the Olympics. Although there haven’t been that many Scandinavian royal competitors, these families are very closely intertwined with the Olympics. Sweden There haven’t been any Swedish Royal Family members who’ve competed in the Olympics, but King Carl XVI…
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All the records Queen Elizabeth has broken

Today, Queen Elizabeth will be entering her 67th year as monarch. A feat never achieved before by a British monarch. She will not be celebrating the occasion because the date also marks the anniversary of her father’s death. The next nationwide celebrations for a…
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4500-year-old tomb found of royal palace official in Egypt

The spectacular pyramids which cover the tombs of the pharaohs are well-known, but the long-running excavation of the Western Cemetery at Giza has recently discovered the tomb of a female official from around 4500 years ago. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery at the weekend, the high-ranking palace official has been called “Hetpet” and is thought to date from the Fifth…
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Taking a look at other royal pets and animals

Animals given to royalty could, of course, become pets – but they could often be presented in the form of political gifts, adding therefore to the monarch’s personal sense of majestas. An example of this is the bay horse and three brood mares, sent to Henry VIII by Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua in 1514. The personal prestige of the monarch was also flattered by the exotic nature of…
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