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Royal Relations: How Elizabeth II is linked to Harald V of Norway

In a new summer series, Royal Central looks at the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and the other monarchs of Europe. This time we look at the relationship between the British Queen and the King of Norway. There have always been close links between the Norwegian and British royal houses, all the way back to the Viking era when Norwegian kings also ruled over parts of what is today Britain.
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A look at the Jordanian line of succession

Continuing our summer series on the lines of succession to the world’s monarchies, we are looking at the line of succession to the Jordanian throne, which operates under agnatic primogeniture. Specifically, the line of succession is governed by Article 28 of…
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Mozart's visit to what became Buckingham Palace

As part of the ‘Great European Tour’ of the Mozart family, which began from Salzburg in June 1763 and extended across the Holy Roman Empire to France, the Netherlands and Switzerland until November 1766, there was a long visit to London from April 1764 until 1 August…
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte cheer on parents in The King’s Cup Regatta

Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and their grandfather Michael Middleton are watching the King’s Cup and are cheering on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in The King’s Cup Regatta currently underway on the Isle of Wight. While Prince George came out to cheer on their parents, Princess Charlotte remains inside the boat for now. The first race was won by Bear Grylls and…
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Tombs of Kings of England not in England

Outside of the traditional burial sites of Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, Windsor, some English (and British) monarchs are missing. The tomb of King John resides in the chancel at Worcester Cathedral, not far from the chantry that contains the grave of the son…
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The grave of Anne Boleyn

The new memorial that has been erected in front of the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula on Tower Green marks the spot ‘identified’ in the Victorian period as being the site of the scaffold, which may have been a misunderstanding of the Tower’s geography in proportion to the apartments where Anne Boleyn had been housed. The fact that Anne’s burial place of St Peter ad Vincula lay only behind…
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Looking at the women behind the Windsor Beauties

The gallery of so-called ‘Windsor Beauties’ is the name given to the collection of portraits painted by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) of celebrated courtesans and women of the nobility in Restoration England, which can be seen – and indeed, still admired – in the Communication Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. Ten portraits today in The Royal Collectioncan be identified as having…
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