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English chintz and imperial Russia

A chance glance upon an entry in an exhibition catalogue from 2004 immediately attracted my interest because it related to samples of wallpaper for the Alexander Palace, the private residence of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, in Tsarskoe Selo. I knew the last Tsarina had chosen ‘English’ chintzes for some of the furnishings of the palatial home they came to love, but I had never found the…
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Royal Baby Name Focus: James

It’s suddenly rising up the bookies’ lists and now we know that Baby Cambridge is a boy, the name James is getting a lot of love as a possible pick for the House of Windsor’s newest prince. Of course it’s got family credentials. The Earl and Countess of Wessex called their son James, and it’s the also name of the Duchess of Cambridge’s little brother. But it’s got plenty of…
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Royal Baby Name Focus: Victoria and Albert

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to find a royal who isn’t called Albert or Victoria. OK, slightly OTT, but the fact is that two of the hot favourite names for Royal Baby Cambridge number three are as close as you can get to ubiquitous in royal circles. Ever since the time of the second longest reigning monarch in British history and her beloved consort, their names have done…
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Crathie: A royal church near Balmoral

Close to Balmoral Castle is a small church, which is – almost – unique. With the exceptions of St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham – where Queen Victoria’s family would sometimes worship when in residence at Osborne and where the marriage of her daughter, Princess Beatrice was celebrated – or the country parish church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate, where the…
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