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If Argentina was a monarchy – who would be their king?

Monarchy isn’t necessarily the most fashionable form of government in the 21st century. In the world today, we have republics which were once monarchies. Among them are Serbia, a nation with a strong royal family even though the nation officially is a republic. On the other hand, we have countries like France, where three different families claim the title of King or Emperor of the nation…
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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 - The introduction of the Magna Carta

From the introduction of the first English Monarch [William the Conqueror] in 1066, Monarchs ruled absolutely, with no requirement for public input, government or indeed any opportunity for it, with the exception of a comparatively weak and more-or-less disregarded charter under Henry I in 1100. This almost absolute, unquestioned autocracy continued for nearly 200 years until a revolution took…
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Caernarfon Castle - A History of Investitures

On Tuesday, 5 March, a special reception will be held at Buckingham Palace in honour of Prince Charles, who is this year celebrating 50 years as the Prince of Wales. Hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, the reception is expected to be attended by all of the senior members of the Royal Family and will be a celebration of Welsh organisations, businesses, charities and music. The investiture of Prince…
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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…
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The Queen appoints new members to the Order of the Garter

It is the oldest Order of Chivalry in Britain, linking the 21st century with the medieval era and today it got new members. Buckingham Palace has announced that the Order of the Garter is to welcome two new appointments. Dame Mary Peters, the Olympic gold medallist who has gone on to help thousands of young people into sport, is made a Lady Companion of the Order. The Marquess of Salisbury, who…
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