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A royal family's farewell: poignant memories of Grand Duke Jean

Luxembourg is preparing to say a final farewell to Grand Duke Jean. His funeral takes place on May 4th with thousands of his fellow citizens expected to line the streets around the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City to show their respects. National mourning continues for the man who ruled the European nation for 36 years and who is held in much affection by many. Since Jean’s death…
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What is the Royal Victorian Order?

This Friday, 3 May, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will host Her Majesty The Queen’s service of the Royal Victorian Order, an event that is held every four years. The service is one of dedication for those who have been appointed to the order by the Sovereign, who…

Queen Victoria and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Queen Victoria’s love of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands is of course, legendary – immortalised in a wealth of artworks, souvenir albums, including the Queen’s own watercolours and not least of course, the Queen’s Highland journals. She praised Scotland with both her paintbrush and her pen. Queen Victoria was entirely devoted to the romance of the country, as seen through…
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A short history of King's Day

As the Netherlands prepares to celebrate its sixth King’s Day, Royal Central takes a look at the tradition of celebrating the monarch’s birthday that began as Princess’s Day. In the 19th century, King William III of the Netherlands faced quite a bit of…

Did the White Queen die of plague?

Her story is amongst the most controversial of all the Queens of England and now a new twist has appeared in the tale of Elizabeth Woodville. An expert at the National Archives in London has found a document suggesting that the consort who revolutionised royalty may have…
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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg: a life in pictures

Jean of Luxembourg, who ruled the tiny state for 36 years, died early this morning. He was 98. As his family say their final farewells to a much-loved member, Royal Central takes a look back at his extraordinary story. From heir to exile, soldier to hero, Grand Duke to patriarch, here are some of the moments that tell his life in pictures. Embed from Getty Images Jean was born on January 5th 1921…
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Royals join those sending messages of support to France as Notre Dame fire continues

Millions are watching as efforts continue to save Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris which continues to burn after a huge fire broke out in the roof in the early evening of April 15th 2019. Messages of support for France are pouring in from around the world. And among those expressing sadness over the fire and hopes that some of the medieval glory of the cathedral can be saved are members of royal…
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