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History of unlucky royal names: Charles

Many names are considered unlucky by some and in royal circles, unlucky names are something ruling dynasties wish to avoid at all costs. From superstitions to strange goings-on during their reigns, Royal Central is looking at the history behind such monikers. For such a popular name, it is surprising that there have only been two kings with the name Charles; however, to say they both had…
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The Norwegian King banned by the Pope

King Sverre Sigurdsson is the Norwegian king who the Pope banned. Sverre was King of Norway from 1177 to 1202, and shortly after Sverre took over the throne, conflicts with the church began. The Norwegian Archbishop had been allied with Sverre’s opponent to the throne…
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Joseph Bonaparte - The King who moved to New Jersey

Joseph Bonaparte is best known for two things, firstly he was the brother of one of Europe’s most famous Emperors, Napoleon I, and secondly, he was himself King of two European nations, Spain and Naples. What is not so well known is what happened to this monarch after the end of Napoleon’s reign. That he ended up moving to the United States is a story that is not well known. After…
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Royal Residences: A brief history of Windsor Castle

Where is it located? Windsor Castle is located in the town of Windsor in Berkshire, England. The site occupies 13 acres of land and features a fortification, a palace and a small town. It is perhaps most recognisable by the castle’s Round Tower. When was it built, and when was it used as a royal residence? The original castle was built during the 11th century after the Norman invasion…
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Royal Residences: A brief history of St James's Palace

Royal Central has taken a look at the history behind the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom. Read on to learn more about St James’s Palace. Where is it located? St James’s Palace is the oldest royal palace in the United Kingdom and is located on the Mall in the City of Westminster, London. The building is attached to Clarence House, another royal residence and is less…
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