Palaces & Buildings

Windsor Castle ready for Christmas

Windsor Castle is ready to celebrate the holidays. The Christmas decorations are up and visitors will be able to see the State Apartments transformed with shimmering Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and festive garlands. Photo by Royal Collection Trust In addition to the State Apartments, on special display this year and now open, it’s the first time costumes worn by Her Majesty The…
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What happened to Bavaria's monarchy?

The Bavarian Royal Family had several notable members, including King Ludwig II (The Swan King) and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi. However, the Kingdom of Bavaria had a relatively short lifespan.  In 1805, Elector Maximilian IV Joseph elevated Bavaria from an electorate to a kingdom; he served as King of Bavaria from 1 January to 1 August 1806 when Bavaria seceded from the Holy…
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Who was the last Princess Louise?

On 8 November, Lady Louise Windsor – the daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex – will turn 18. And on her 18th birthday, she could choose to go by the style “Princess Louise”. However, she would not be the first Princess Louise in the Royal Family. The last Princess Louise was the Princess Royal and the mother of a duchess in her own right.  Princess Louise of Wales was…
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Taking a look at Frankenstein Castle

Frankenstein Castle, or what remains of it, is located in Hesse, Germany, on the outskirts of Darmstadt and 35 kilometres south of Frankfurt. The name of the ruins come from the suspicion that the castle served as the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s famous work…
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Royal Ghost Stories: The Tower of London

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of The Tower of London is steeped in history and has occupied a major part in royal life since it was constructed by William the Conqueror almost 1,000 years ago. The Tower has been the backdrop to royal life, beheadings, scandals and political turmoil for centuries, but did you know about the ghosts? Read on to learn about the haunting experiences…
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