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Tributes are paid to royal reporter Kjell Arne Totland who has died aged 74

Tributes have been paid to royal reporter Kjell Arne Totland who has died at the age of 74 following a short illness. Totland, who was royal correspondent for Norwegian TV station TV 2, regularly appeared in the media across the globe to offer commentary on The Royal Family of Norway, as well as royals from across Europe. The respected broadcaster and journalist died in the early hours of…
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An Oxford house's links with the Russian Imperial Family

A building in the Oxford suburb of Marston preserves a unique connection with the lost world of imperial Russia. Its typical late-Victorian exterior belies the remarkable nature of its hidden history. In this building for a period of time, personal possessions once owned by the Russian Imperial Family were carefully preserved and stored, because they came with the belongings of the person who…
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Taking a look at Tudor perfume

The use of perfume can be traced back to the world’s most ancient civilisations, notably Mesopotamia and Egypt. It flourished during the Italian Renaissance and the personal perfumer of the French Queen Catherine de’ Medici Rene the Florentine, brought his perfumes with him to France in the 16th century where the art was popularised under her patronage. Catherine de’ Medici’s perfumers…
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Looking for the grave of Queen Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the only one of Henry VIII’s queens to share a grave with him, but the tomb is not what Henry VIII originally intended. The King had planned an impressive monument, to include a recumbent statue of his most “entirely beloved” Queen Jane, a tomb which…
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August 4: a day of regal anniversaries

The fourth day of August turned out to be a very good one for the House of Windsor. Two of its most famous women made their debut on that date. They joined a rather interesting list of people with regal connections who celebrated birthdays then. As the royal bunting comes out once more for the Duchess of Sussex’s celebrations, here’s a look at those born on August 4th. Birth of the…
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