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The wedding dress of Her Majesty The Queen

After the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at 11:30 am in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, the bridal gifts given to Princess Elizabeth were exhibited at St James’s Palace, numbering over 2,500. Like the gifts, Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress, designed by the leading British couturier, Sir Norman Hartnell, was also put on display. It had been made up…
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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…
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Trio of historic royal paintings on show together for first time

They were created to show the power of a Queen and now they will be united for the first time to underline that one woman’s continuing influence on history. Three Armada portraits of Elizabeth I will go on show together next year. All three paintings are versions of the same image, one of the most famous PR creations of the Tudor dynasty, renowed for its ability to put on a good public…
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90 Years of Grace: Who is Prince Albert?

The man more commonly known as Prince Albert II of Monaco was born Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi on 14 March 1958. The second child and only son of the then monarch of Monaco, Prince Rainier III, and his wife, Princess Grace, Albert was a prince and the heir to the…
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Ninety Years of Grace: Mother of the Bride

As we mark the 90th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth this month, Royal Central looks back on several aspects of her life. As Princess Grace died on 14 September 1982, she witnessed only one of her children’s weddings when her eldest daughter, Princess Caroline married Philippe Junot on 28 June 1978. Philippe Junot was a Parisian banker, and he was 17 years older than Princess…
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90 Years of Grace: The Princess's Passions

During her royal career, Princess Grace was active in supporting Monaco on the global stage. She focused her charity work to support the arts scene in Monaco, as well as flowers and gardening, healthcare, children, and motherhood. Today, we’re going to take a look at Princess Grace’s patronages and charity work. One of her first patronages was taking over the presidency of the Monaco…
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