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Princesses Who Married Commoners: Crown Princess Victoria

Following the recent wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, we take a look at other princesses who have married commoners. Here is the story of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden who married personal trainer and gym owner Daniel Westling in 2010. The future prince was born Olof Daniel Westling on 15 September 1973 in Örebro, Sweden. He experienced a very middle-class upbringing: his…
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A Week in Royal History

Royal history has a habit of making the headlines and tales from the past can still match for excitement and interest anything that the present can produce. From Tudor discoveries to Georgian reunions, the past week has had plenty of treats for history fans. Royal…
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A Staircase and a Queen: Making Royal History

Queen Victoria’s accession began with a staircase. Fascinating to consider is the fact that this very staircase survives at Kensington Palace and may be seen today. A staircase had also played a part on another historic day in Victoria’s life, much later. On 10 October 1839, the young Queen stood at the top of the staircase at Windsor Castle, at half-past seven in the evening, to receive her…
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Becoming Victoria

Hanging in the magnificent Waterloo Chamber at Windsor is the state portrait of King William IV in his Garter robes with the Garter and Bath collars, painted by Sir David Wilkie for the King in 1832, that parliamentary historic year of the Reform Act and also the year in…
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Queen Victoria and royal widowhood

For some, Queen Victoria remains etched into the popular memory as the monochrome royal widow, dressed in black for the rest of her life, a black occasionally relieved by the enormous white handkerchiefs which she often took around with her, or the little lace cap, that became in a different way, a symbol of her mourning. This, of course, is true. It is an image the Queen firmly cultivated. But it…
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Queen Victoria's dolls

The wooden dolls of the future Queen Victoria have long been the subject of fascination. Perhaps this is because we are fascinated by something so strongly associated with the childhood of that Queen who to a large extent, still remains in the historical imagination as…
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Henry VIII's luxurious tent to be recreated at Hampton Court

The period of Henry VIII is synonymous with grandeur, elegant fashion and over the top celebrations. Whether on progress or the war front, a sense of opulent renaissance followed this Tudor monarch. Temporary lodgings were always created that consisted of multiple chambers, including great halls, all furnished with sumptuous tapestries. These demonstrations of wealth and power were essential in…
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