Christmas at Windsor to include gifts exchanged by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be celebrated by a small display at Windsor, once the setting for the many Christmases which the royal couple spent together with their growing family of nine children. Displayed in the Octagon Dining Room, it will recall the ritual of the Bescherung, [‘Giving of Gifts’] the traditional German custom of exchanging gifts on…
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Historic Royal Palaces to mark 200th anniversary of King George III's death

Following a year of commemorations marking the bicentennial of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births, next year Historic Royal Palaces will commemorate the bicentennial of King George III’s death. Kew Palace, a residence most closely associated with King George III, will unveil a new exhibition on the monarch next spring that outlines his life. “It was here that the young George…
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Charles and Camilla tackle environmental and women's issues on day two in New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spent a busy day in New Zealand meeting with government officials, encouraging young businesspeople, speaking about women’s issues, and seeing the impact of plastic on the environment. A traditional Ceremony of Welcome took place on the lawn of Government House to kick off the day. Their Royal Highnesses received a traditional Māori welcome…
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When Mozart met Marie Antoinette?

The ‘meeting’ between Marie Antoinette and the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a fabled quality, not least because of the oft-repeated folklore that has grown around it. From the point of view of posterity, it is a fascinating moment to contemplate, when two legendary…

Sarah Ferguson praises Prince Andrew's honesty ahead of his major TV interview with Emily Maitlis

Sarah, Duchess of York, has praised her ex husband ahead of his interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis. Taking to Twitter, Sarah Ferguson said: “It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty + pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs. “Andrew is a true + real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not…
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