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The royal palace that became one of the world's most famous museums

The Louvre is one of the most-visited museums in the world today with over eight million visitors annually. However, it originally was the Palais du Louvre- a royal residence on the Right Bank of the Seine. The first castle on this site was built in the late twelfth century for Philip II. This castle did not survive. The Lescot Wing, however, is the oldest surviving above-ground piece of the…
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The most famous royal diamonds of all

There were several important pieces and jewels on display at King Charles and Queen Camilla’s Coronation on 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. Three stones, in particular, were centre of attention in the Abbey when The Queen wore Queen Mary’s crown. And the gems are…
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The diamonds worn by Diana, Princess of Wales on her wedding day

It was the most famous royal wedding of the 20th century and although there was far from a happy ending, it remains one of the major milestones of a modern royal dynasty. On 29 July 1981, the world watched as Diana married Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. On her wedding day, Diana wore very little jewellery. However, the items she wore had a personal connection and they…
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Which royals are buried at Canterbury Cathedral?

Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England and the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The present structure was built between 1070 and 1077 replacing an earlier structure that had been destroyed by fire.
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The mantle of the Order of the Garter

The Order of the Garter is considered the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain. Created over 700 years ago by King Edward III, the Order was inspired by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Today the 24 Knights of the Garter are men and women chosen for their contributions to society. The Sovereign personally chooses the knights. The patron saint of the Order is Saint…
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What are the most popular royal names?

Monarchy is all about traditions and that includes naming conventions. Throughout the royal families of Europe there are common threads to be found for those who ascend to the throne. Today, we’re looking at some of the most common regnal names. Denmark The…
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The beautiful wedding flowers of Princess Grace of Monaco

It was a ground breaking and glamourous royal wedding and the images of it remain as familiar now as they have ever done. The world watched, enthralled, when Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19th 1956. Her wedding dress has become one of the most celebrated royal outfits of modern times. And her bridal bouquet is just as well known. For her religious wedding, Grace chose a…
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