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The Tsarina and her English governess, Miss Jackson

“For dear Miss Jackson, with loving Xmas wishes from Alix, 1900”. With these words, inscribed as a dedication in pencil and today preserved in a frame of its own, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (1872-1918) sent her Christmas gift of 1900 to Miss Margaret Hardcastle Jackson, her former governess from her days as a Princess of Hesse in Darmstadt. The gift came in a box, with its…
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Royal Central Roundup: a sombre week

Welcome to the Royal Central round up. Much of this week’s royal news had a serious tone with more details of the enthronement of an Emperor and the sad confirmation of the passing of a princess. There were some bright spots, too, with a special royal birthday and some…
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Music for the Empress: Mozart at Schönbrunn Palace

Following the success of his first debut in Munich, playing for the musically-gifted Elector Maximilian III Joseph of Bavaria, the six-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart set out for the imperial court of Vienna, arriving on 6 October 1762. He was accompanied by his parents, Leopold Mozart and Maria Anna Mozart, as well as his elder sister, Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart. The concert that the young…
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Music for the Elector: Mozart in Munich

Mozart’s musical debut, anticipating his journey to the imperial court at Vienna by seven months, took place, somewhat predictably, before royalty. This was, had he known it, the beginning of what would prove to be many performance-based trips throughout Europe…
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Monarchy Rules: what happened to the House of Norman

Nine royal houses have ruled England since the Norman Conquest in 1066 and all of them have made their mark. But eight have seen their power pass elsewhere and this summer Royal Central is looking at what happened to those that have now faded into history. We start with the Conqueror’s own dynasty and ask – what happened to the House of Norman? The House of Norman The dynasty had…
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The royals who have ruled Greenland

At least we now know what’s likely to form dinner conversation when Queen Margrethe of Denmark hosts President Donald Trump on a State Visit at the start of September. It’s been reported that the US leader has explored the possibility of buying Greenland which is ruled…
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King and Queen of Malaysia thank rescue teams who searched for missing Nora Quoirin

The King and Queen of Malaysia have thanked the search and rescue teams, as well as the volunteers, who were involved in the search for the missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Her remains were found in a ravine over a week after she went missing from the resort where she and her parents were staying. Embed from Getty Images “Their Majesties were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of…
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