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Queen Victoria's Widow's Cap

The white caps worn by Queen Victoria have – correctly – come to be regarded as a symbol for her widowhood. They represent one of the few contrasts in colour to the deepest mourning that she adopted after 1861, as a declaration in textile, of the colossal emotional significance to her of the Prince Consort’s death. White had, of course, been symbolic of her wedding to Prince Albert…
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Remembering Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

She had been an integral part of the House of Windsor for almost seventy years; she was the oldest ever member of the Royal Family, and she had lived an adventure packed life that broke the regal mould in many ways. The death of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, on October 29th 2004, brought to an end a fascinating and often overlooked royal story. Alice had lived quietly and discreetly, but…
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Kate's State Banquet Jewels: the Queen Alexandra Wedding Necklace

It’s been quite the year for royal jewellery revivals. After the regal brides of 2018, the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie, surprised us by choosing tiaras that hadn’t been seen in decades for their weddings, the Duchess of Cambridge has joined this rather exclusive club by wearing a necklace that has been hidden in the palace jewellery box for years. Embed from Getty Images Embed from…
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What happened to the Austro-Hungarian Empire?

In November 1918, as the Great War came to an end, the man who had inherited one of the biggest empires in the world gave away the little power that remained to him. Karl I, ruler of the Austro Hungarian Empire, didn’t abdicate, but in reality, it didn’t matter as much…
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A Week in Royal History

In a week when we got our first news of royal history to come (yes, I’m talking baby Sussex here) there were also plenty of tidbits from times gone to whet the appetite of even the hungriest fan of the royal past. From once in a lifetime exhibitions to the promise of majestic and princely tales as we’ve never seen them before, here’s a round up of the highlights of the past week…
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