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Thousands of Prince Albert's Papers Online for the First Time

Prince Albert’s legacy can be seen across the UK and across the Commonwealth. His name and likeness can be found in museums, towns, and geographical features. He helped to establish several different societies that still exist to this day. The Royal Collection has made over 5,000 of Prince Albert’s papers available on the Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy website.  Prince Albert…
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Sapphires for September: Queen Silvia’s Leuchtenberg Sapphires

Among Europe’s royal families, the Swedish Royal Family owns one of the the most impressive jewelry collections. The Leuchtenberg sapphire and diamond parure in particular goes back to early 19th century and is said to have been a wedding gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to Princess Augusta of Bavaria, his stepson’s bride. Josephine of Leuchtenberg—Augusta’s daughter—brought it with her…
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Diana's statue at Kensington Palace to be specially opened to the public to mark anniversary of her death

To mark the 24th anniversary of her death, the new statue of Diana, Princess of Wales in Kensington Palace Gardens will be specially opened to the public. [getty src=”1233751761″ width=”594″ height=”396″ tld=”com”] Unveiled by her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, on the 60th anniversary of her birth, on 1 July of this year, special…
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Queen in all but name: the royal mistress who ruled a controversial king

Charles II, the Merry Monarch, had several different mistresses. However, one of these mistresses stands out from the rest for several reasons- Barbara Villiers. John Evelyn pronounced her the “curse of the nation”, and she would hold sway over the Restoration court for decades, exerting huge influence on the king.  Barbara Villiers was born in St. Margaret’s, Westminster on 27 November…
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