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Belgium's Queen Mathilde honours a very English tradition on a sunny day in London

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians made a special nod to the history of her hosts when she attended the Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London. The Belgian queen was guest of honour alongside her husband, King Philippe, for the annual event which honours the Royal Chelsea Hospital’s founder, King Charles II. Embed from Getty Images And she chose a dress…
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A rainbow of royal wedding bouquets

We’re used to seeing royal brides with white flowers. Many a regal wedding has featured a posy of pretty cream flowers, dotted with hints of green and matching the dress to perfection. Bright bouquets are a rarity but they make their mark. As summer gets into full…
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"I'm a feminist": Prince of Italy renounces his position in favour of his daughter

Prince Emmanuel Filiberto of Savoy has made the unexpected announcement that he will renounce his position as heir to the defunct Italian throne in favour of his older daughter, Vittoria. The Prince revealed his decision in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere Torino, during which he expressed his approval for his father’s decision to abolish Salic Law, and therefore grant his…
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The queen's daughter who disappeared without trace - a Tudor mystery that remains unsolved

Within the walls of one of England’s most picturesque castles, a queen gave birth to her only child and set in motion a chain of events that would become one of Tudor England’s most intriguing mysteries. The birth had been much anticipated and much talked about. The baby, a little girl, was immediately taken off to a nursery decked in scarlet and gold where a string of attendants…
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In the beginning: The Bernadotte dynasty

The Bernadottes first began ruling over the Kingdom of Sweden in 1818 with King Karl XIV Johan (also called King Charles XIV John), who was also the King of Norway during this time. He was born on 26 January 1763 in France as Jean Bernadotte. It was in 1810 that he was…
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The first Coronation attended by Queen Elizabeth II

It’s been nearly 86 years since the one of the most important days of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret’s life, the day their dad, King George VI was crowned. The ceremony would cement Elizabeth’s place as the future queen and she would go on to become the…
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The historic royal dress called the most important of the 20th century

It has been described as the most important British dress design of the 20th century and the gown that Queen Elizabeth II wore at her Coronation, on June 2nd 1953, has its own place in history. The work of Sir Norman Hartnell, created in partnership by the Monarch, it has become one of the most emblematic outfits of the House of Windsor. This was arguably the most important commission of Sir…
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