Lady Jane Grey - The Nine Days Queen

Lady Jane Grey, or Lady Jane Dudley, was proclaimed Queen on this day in 1553. She has been commonly referred to as The Nine Days Queen. She was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his daughter Mary, Queen of France. From 10 July to the 19 July, she was the de facto monarch of England and Ireland. It has been reported that she was born in October of 1537. However, more recent research…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

June is royal wedding month in Sweden and one particular date is filled with regal marriage memories. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia wed on June 19th 1976 and their eldest child and heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, chose the same date for her marriage to Daniel Westling in 2010. Mother and daughter wore the same tiara for their marriages and selected cream and green blooms for…
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London’s Royal Statues: Queen Charlotte

London has many plaques and memorials with royal connections but in fact, rather fewer statues. Some of these statues have interesting hidden histories of their own, of how they were made, how they came to be in the places that they are and why. Some of these statues may be…

The failed assassination attempt on King Juan Carlos of Spain

In 1997, the life of the Spanish King came under threat as a plot was made to kill him during the opening of a new museum. The failed assassination attempt on King Juan Carlos was discovered by Spanish police by chance and resulted in an international hunt for the men who wanted to kill the Spanish monarch. Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui was the master of the plan together with some other members…
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King Rama V of Siam's visit to Norway in 1907

His Majesty King Rama V of Siam, present-day Thailand, also called King Chulalongkorn, was born in 1853 and died in 1910. As a fifteen-year-old, Chulalongkorn ascended the Siamese throne, but because of his young age, his uncle acted as his guardian. During his five years of custody, he was educated by an English governor, Anna Leonowens, in literary history, language and art. He was King of…
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