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The secret tragedy Princess Alice kept from Prince Henry

The third son of King George V and Queen Mary, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was born on 31 March 1900. He was the first son of a monarch to be educated at school and went onto study at Eton College. His life was full of tragedy starting with not being able to continue his life with the woman he was having an affair with, Beryl Markham and having to pay her and her husband hush-money for the…
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The bells of Westminster Abbey

First and foremost, we think of bells as something we hear and don’t see. The bells of Westminster Abbey now mingle in between the great soundscape of London noise and the busy restlessness of Westminster, blending the secular with the divine, much as they have done for…
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Queen Victoria's honeymoon at Windsor Castle

Following her wedding at St James’s Palace to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on 10 February 1840, Queen Victoria drove to Windsor for her honeymoon. Windsor had mixed associations for the Queen. It was the place of the famous contretemps between her uncle, King William IV and her mother, the Duchess of Kent; it was also where the father she had never known, Edward, Duke of Kent, was…
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Queen Victoria and Cliveden

Praised by Alexander Pope in his Moral Essays as possessing a ‘proud alcove’ in which one might happily be ‘galant and gay’, the great house of Cliveden, Taplow, where Meghan Markle spent the night before her wedding to Prince Harry, was visited by Queen Victoria in…
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Will Harry wear a wedding ring?

Traditionally royal grooms do not wear a wedding ring, with only the bride receiving a wedding band during the ceremony. It is currently unknown whether Prince Harry will continue with this tradition or opt to wear a band to display his love rather than royal protocol. The Duke of Cambridge chose to follow family tradition and not wear the symbol of marriage, whereas The Prince of Wales wears a…
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The Queen's Chapel, St James's

On 21 September 1662, Samuel Pepys entered the following words into his Restoration diary: “The Queen coming by in her coach, going to her chappell at St. James’s (the first time it hath been ready for her), I crowded after her, and I got up to the room where her closet is; and there stood and saw the fine altar, ornaments, and the fryers in their habits, and the priests come in with their…
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