History

The 'fake pregnancy' scandal that rocked the monarchy

There are a number of events in English royal history that seem extraordinary and unbelievable, but the warming pan scandal has to be at the top of the list. The son of James II and Mary of Modena had a very interesting start to life and would be questioned for decades.  James II was not an overly popular monarch; he was Roman Catholic (and was married to a Roman Catholic), attempted to repeal…
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Royal Weddings by the Numbers: The Prince and Princess of Wales

On 29 April 2024, it will be 13 years since the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot. Like many royal weddings, millions crossed the globe tuned in to watch the affair. A royal spectacle with numbers to match. Over 60 million people tuned in to watch Ahead of the nuptials, British politician Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary estimated about 2 billion people would tune in to watch…
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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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What is the Order of the Companions of Honour - the new distinction given by King Charles to the Princess of Wales?

The Princess of Wales has just made history by becoming the first member of the Royal Family to be appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour. The Order of the Companions of Honour is an order, awarded by The King as Sovereign of the Order. It is given to deserving individuals, who become Companions of Honour (who can then use the post-nominal letters CH) who have made significant…
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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…
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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 monarchy with the strictest regnal names is Denmark. Since 1513, their sovereigns have either been named Frederik or Christian. As…
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