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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 Central rounds up some of the biggest stories from the world of royal history this week. The Royals Go To Brighton The Queen began…
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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 which the young Princess Victoria of Kent, began her great journal. In the context of the Waterloo Chamber, the portrait is but…
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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…
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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 either the monochrome royal widow or the elderly Queen-Empress of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee. Several of these dolls are…
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One of Henry VIII's lost treasures goes on show in London

It’s a striking example of royal PR at its most dramatic and most powerful, and it’s about to go on public display in England for the first time. The artwork, a tapestry showing St Paul ordering the burning of heretical books, was commissioned by King Henry VIII in the 1530s at the time of his most famous and controversial religious reforms. Feared lost for decades, it has now resurfaced and…
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