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The Death of Queen Victoria's Mother, the Duchess of Kent

Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, died on 16 March 1861 at her residence of Frogmore House, in Windsor Great Park. Frogmore had been occupied by the Duchess since May 1841 when Queen Victoria asked her mother whether or not she would like to use Frogmore House and its grounds as a country retreat on the death of George III’s daughter, Princess Augusta. The Duchess accepted Clarence…
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The story of Queen Victoria's miniature crown

Queen Victoria acquired many pieces of jewellery throughout her lifetime – both small, personal items and grander, regal items associated with her role as Queen. One item, about which there is an interesting background, is the miniature crown that Victoria would wear…
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Moments that defined the British Monarchy – Henry VIII's religious reformations

There’s no doubt that King Henry VIII reformed the Monarchy and its purpose significantly during his reign. From reforms in the Royal Court to church reforms, he had it all under his control. What many people don’t know is that there has almost always been a Church Of England. Henry VIII did not begin the Church, but actually remodelled it into its own faith, with him as the Head. In…
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The Queen Mother on Wallis Simpson: 'a naughty lady'

The Queen Mother’s determination to keep her distance from Wallis Simpson is at the heart of a new TV programme. In ‘Queen Mum: the Reluctant Queen’, her attitude towards the Duchess of Windsor is examined with one letter, describing her as a ‘’naughty lady’’, taking centre stage. The description of Wallis came in a letter penned by Elizabeth to her own mother-in-law, Queen Mary. In…
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Poetry and the Tsarina?

Included amongst the works read as a young woman by Princess Alix of Hesse, later Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), were – according to letters that she wrote to her eldest sister, Victoria, Princess Louis of Battenberg – Guizot’s Reformation de la Litterature, the Life of Cromwell and Raumer’s nine-volume set, Geschichte der Hohenstaufen(Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden…
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