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From Canterbury to The Hague: Mozart and Princess Carolina of Nassau

Having given several royal performances before George III and Queen Charlotte, the boy Mozart’s sonatas for keyboard and violin K10-15 were engraved before the end of 1764, dedicated to the musical Queen: ‘Six Sonates pour le clavecin que peuvent se jouer avec l’accompagnement de violin our flaute/traversiere/Tres humblement dediees/a sa Majeste Charlotte/Reine de la Grande Bretagne/composes…
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The Illegitimate Royals: Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

King Henry VIII certainly took enough mistresses in his day, but only one of the resulting children was acknowledged: his beloved son, Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. He was born in June 1519, the son of Elizabeth “Bessie” Blount and Henry VIII. Bessie Blount was a 17-year-old lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon, and she caught the eye of the king whilst his wife was…
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The Crown Prince who committed a murder-suicide?

Throughout history, many royals have died in brutal and bizarre ways. Royals have been killed in attacks, by illnesses and by accidents. In 1889, a tragic incident happened that ended up with not one, but two dead royals. Still to this day, the event has not been clarified, and there are still questions about what really happened. Apparently, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria killed his lover…
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Queen Victoria and the number fourteen?

For Queen Victoria, the number fourteen held a terrible power. This date, the ‘14th’, could seem to haunt the Queen like the shadow of death. Much as she later tried to reclaim it as a sacred date, she beheld it with an almost mystical sense of dark fascination and dread. Her feelings for this day of the month were well founded and can be traced back to the date of the death of her beloved…
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