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The time Lucille Ball met the King of Siam

Lucille Ball is my favourite actress of all time, and show, I Love Lucy is one I can watch all day (I know that at 27 it is surprising to have my favourite actress and television show from four decades before I was born). So, when I watched an interview with her and Vivian Vance from 1975, Vivian Vance told a story about their encounter with the King of “Siam” (Thailand) – and I…
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Queen Victoria's April Royal Babies

If you think royal baby mania is a new thing, think again. For centuries, the arrival of a regal bundle of joy has got plenty of people talking. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert kept the papers and the people happy for the best part of two decades as they went about building…
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Queen Victoria set to reign again at Buckingham Palace

Two hundred years after her birth, Queen Victoria is taking over Buckingham Palace again. As part of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Britain’s second longest reigning monarch, the most famous royal residence of them all will host a special exhibition focusing on the impact Victoria had there. The display, called Queen Victoria’s Palace, will show visitors how the young…
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The Windsor Titles - Duke of Cambridge

When HM The Queen bestowed the title of Duke of Cambridge on her grandson, Prince William, on his wedding day in April 2011, it marked the recreation of a title that first originated in the time of King Charles II. A dukedom is the highest title in the British peerage system and ranks above Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron. The word ‘duke’ originates from the Latin word…
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The Windsor Titles - Duke of Sussex

Dukedoms have been bestowed on royal males for hundreds of years, and each title carries with it a history of some description. The most recent dukedom to be bestowed by HM Queen Elizabeth was that of the Duke of Sussex – a title given to Prince Harry on the occasion of his marriage to Meghan Markle, in May 2018. Prince Harry is only the second royal male to hold the title, and Meghan is the…
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