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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 unpopularity but his four-year-old daughter Wilhelmina, his future successor, was very popular. It was proposed that the…
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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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Royal Wedding Rewind: Who were The Queen's bridesmaids?

The wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip in November 1947 was a day of celebration in post-war Britain. The ceremony was broadcast to a worldwide audience of approximately 200 million people and as the princess arrived at Westminster Abbey with her father, King George VI, she was attended by eight bridesmaids. Embed from Getty Images HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent The daughter of the…
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The royal history of Notre Dame de Paris

A race against time and flames to save the priceless artwork of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has begun after it caught fire on the late afternoon of April 15th 2019. Fortunately, it appears that no one has been hurt in the blaze which engulfed the top part of the church as the sun began to fade. Within hours, chunks of history had melted away as the flames took hold.  And that history is…
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Queen Victoria, 200 Years: Competition

It’s the biggest royal anniversary of the year and it’s almost upon us. May 24th 2019 marks two centuries since the birth of Queen Victoria, a monarch so influential, she gave her name to an era. And as part of our Victoria series on Royal Central, we’ve…
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Princess Alix of Hesse's engagement ring?

In a recent life of Queen Victoria, (A. N. Wilson, Victoria: A Life, 2014) I stumbled across an illustration of one of the famous group photographs taken behind the Palais Edinburg in Coburg, showing Queen Victoria surrounded by a whole host of contemporary royalty – mostly members of her own family through blood or marriage, including five of her children and numerous grandchildren &#8211…
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