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Tea and Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is for many, synonymous with the notion of afternoon tea, probably because the social ceremony became properly established during the later years of her reign. The Queen’s evident love of tea, however, reaches back much further than this elegant ritual. Indeed, the word occurs 7,587 times in the various typescripts or edited copies of her journal, proving it was part of her…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Lady Gabriella Windsor

The brides of the House of Kent have shown a penchant for pastel wedding flowers and the latest to join their number, Lady Gabriella Windsor, is no different. For her marriage to Thomas Kingston, at Windsor, Lady Ella added some colour to her petals, just as her Kent relatives have done in the past. And it all looked picture perfect as a result. The bride chose a selection of cream and palest…
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Royal Weddings: The wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden to Chris O’Neill

After a broken engagement a few years earlier, Princess Madeleine of Sweden finally found the love of her life after fleeing to New York City to heal her broken heart. There, through mutual friends, she met American-British financier Christopher “Chris” O’Neill. They appeared for the first time in public together in January 2011, and the relationship might have stayed quiet…
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Queen Victoria's presents to her grandchildren

As the ‘Grandmother of Europe’, as Queen Victoria was popularly termed, her very numerous grandchildren could, of course, expect to receive a variety of charming presents for their birthdays, just as we might treasure things sent to us by our grandmothers. These presents…
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A German Princess's memories of Queen Victoria

To Queen Victoria, she was ‘dear Marie Erbach’. That was what the Queen called Princess Marie of Battenberg, later Princess zu Erbach-Schönberg, whose memoirs first appeared in English in 1925, printed by London publishers George Allen & Unwin. Princess Marie…
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Royal Presents at Osborne: New Exhibition to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

English Heritage celebrates the bicentenary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a new exhibition, Royal Presents at Osborne, focusing on the unique stories behind seven gifts exchanged by the royal couple. Osborne itself was, of course, the Queen and Prince Consort’s supreme present as a private retreat, for themselves and the royal children. Its situation was ideal…
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