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Why a popular king was declared unfit to rule by his government - for just one day

This year marks thirty years since King Baudouin of Belgium unexpectedly died while on holiday in Spain. He was one of the most popular kings Belgium ever had. Even now, three decades on, his memory is treasured. His nephew, King Philippe, paid an emotional tribute to him as he gave a speech to mark the tenth anniversary of his own rule. King Baudouin reigned from 1951 until his death in 1993.
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King Edward VIII or King Edward XI - are we numbering Britain's kings correctly?

How many kings called Edward have there been? If you think you know the answer, this special feature by Liam Foley might make you think again. One aspect of the evolution of monarchy that I find interesting is the development of Ordinal numbers, or regnal numbers, and also called post-nominal numbers used to differentiate between monarchs of the same name within the same territory. In the…
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The unexpected royal wedding that created one of England's most unusual queens

Sixteenth century kings, even those that had worked their way through a quintet of queens, had a somewhat preconceived idea of what a consort should bring to their royal marriage. Henry VIII might well have been in love with the idea of love but he also had a concept of court politics that his wives had to match. However, his final wedding would prove to be the most unusual of all his marriages…
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Prince John - the forgotten son of the House of Windsor

He was the fifth son and the youngest of the six children of King George V and Queen Mary and, briefly, a star of the Royal Family. Now, over a century on from his life, his story continues to fascinate. On the anniversary of his birth, Royal Central looks at the story of…
History

Festival to celebrate last Sikh king who lived in Norfolk held

This week a festival was held in Norfolk to celebrate the life of a Sikh king that lived at Elveden Hall near Thetford. The Festival of Thetford & Punjab 2023 marked the 130th anniversary of the death of By Capt. Goldingham of London. – Singh was placed on the throne of the Sikh Empire in 1843 when he was only five; regents ruled through him and used his young age to their…
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