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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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Arabella Churchill - mistress and ancestress of popular royal

King James II tends to be largely ignored. Following his brother’s long Restoration reign and removal during the Glorious Revolution for his Protestant daughter and son-in-law, his reign can feel like a footnote in a lot of discussions. And unfortunately, those in his life tend to get the same treatment. While he might not have had the many, many mistresses that his brother did, James did have a…
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Diane de Poitiers - the older mistress as an unofficial adviser

There have been countless French royal mistresses throughout the centuries, but some are better known than others. Diane de Poitiers was brought back into the spotlight in teen drama Reign in 2013 but has largely been forgotten in favour of later mistresses. This sixteenth-century noblewoman was not only a loyal companion to the king but established in her own right.  Diane was born on 9…
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The Royal Bridesmaid who became a Queen

As 1922 got under way, newspapers began to run excited articles about a royal wedding. The only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary was about to say ‘I do’ and every moment of her marriage ceremony was up for scrutiny. Princess Mary’s wedding dress…
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The historic castle of Emperor Frederick

On top of a small hill in southern Italy is a completely unique building with a long royal history. Castel del Monte, Italian for “Castle of the Mountain,” is a 13th-century citadel situated by the village of Andria. The history of this unique building started in the 1240s when King Frederick II inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. Frederick II was King of Sicily…
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