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The Royal Escape from Oslo: 9 April 1940

This year, in 2020, marks 75 years since World War II ended. It is also the 80th anniversary of war coming to the Monarchies of Norway and Denmark. While the Danish royal family was taken prisoner by the Nazis, the Norwegian royal family managed to escape and carry on the war from exile for the next five years. As early as 1939, both the Allies and Nazi Germany began to make invasion plans of…
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Take a look at the most insulting royal nicknames

The use of nicknames or epithets to describe a royal or a local ruler was quite common until recent times. Before pictures were easily accessed, or in places where the first name was repeatedly used for consecutive rulers, a nickname was a useful way to distinguish one…
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The Norwegian Royal Crown Stolen by an Archbishop

Norway’s present collection of royal regalia consists of nine pieces. They include three crowns – the king’s crown, the queen’s crown and the crown prince’s crown. However, this was made in 1818 for the coronation of King Karl XVI Johan. Norway had at least one monarchical royal crown before this, but that one is lost. What happened to it? We know that the first Norwegian…
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#OTD 1785: Louis XVII of France is born

On this day, March 27, in 1785, His Majesty King Louis XVII was borne in France. He was born prince of France and Duke of Normandy and was the son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. When his older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, he became the heir to the…
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On this day 64 years ago: The Queen Mother's devastating bellyflop at the Grand National

March 24 marks exactly 64 years since The Queen Mother suffered one of the cruelest defeats in the history of sport when her horse bellyflopped at the finishing line of the Grand National. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was a huge horse racing lover, with it being estimated that she had owned more than 500 winners in her lifetime. In 1956, Her Majesty was about to achieve what no…
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The King whose illness led to the naming of a pandemic

While the coronavirus continues to spread, we can rewind a little over a hundred years in time. In 1918 and 1919, another virus as ravaged countries across the globe. It caused widespread devastation but, despite its origins, it became known as Spanish flu because of a much maligned king. The Spanish flu came not from Spain, but from France at the very end of the First World War. The…
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