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What are the royal links to the 5th of November?

“Remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot…” November 5th is still considered to be one of the most important in British history. But why? What are the royal links? And why do we still mark it today? On April 13, 1570, Guido ‘Guy’ Fawkes was born in York, England. He was to become one of the greatest criminal masterminds in history. The daring escapade he…
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Royal Ghost Stories: Windsor Castle

It has long been said that Windsor Castle is the most haunted of all the royal residences with over twenty-five reported experiences with ghosts and spirits. Claims include sightings of Queen Elizabeth I, King Henry VIII and King George III. Even the present Queen Elizabeth II has admitted to witnessing at least one ghostly encounter. These sightings happen so often that it has been recorded…
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The Royal Family marks 80 years since The Queen's first broadcast

Public speaking has become second nature to The Queen since her first speech, 80 years ago. On October 13th 1940, the then Princess Elizabeth gave her first-ever radio broadcast at the age of 14 years old. Sitting alongside her sister Princess Margaret, who was then 10, at Windsor Castle, the future Monarch addressed the children of Britain and the Commonwealth during World War II. Prime…
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The christening of Queen Victoria

Unlike the christenings of Queen Victoria’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the christening of the future Queen is an event about which far less is known. It was not the subject of a painting, nor was much written about it as the ceremony itself was a…
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Wood Farm: The Royal Family's secret home at Sandringham

Buckingham Palace announced The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will cut their summer break short in Balmoral to spend time at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk starting on Monday. A palace spokesperson said in a statement: “Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham…
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