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Marie Antoinette and music

Whilst musical talent in the eighteenth century was judged to be an appropriate feminine accomplishment, Marie Antoinette’s personal relationship with music was a special one, which reached far beyond mere natural inclination. Music proved to be in many ways, perpetually present, like a main character in her life story, giving parallel to key events or lending them at least, poignant expression.
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Eastwell Park and royalty

The country estate of Eastwell Park, in the parish of Eastwell, near Boughton Lees, Ashford in Kent, is not perhaps a name which immediately comes to mind when thinking of a one-time royal residence. It was, however, the Kent home of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and his…
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Historic Swedish royal wedding dresses

Within the historical collections of the Royal Armoury [Livrustkammeran] in Stockholm are preserved some astonishing examples of Swedish royal wedding dresses. Some are in the forms of fully preserved dresses, others sections from the same, such as trains or loosely attachable pieces of the robe de cour,such as the corset. Whilst many are within the collections but mostly not exhibited for…
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Royal Wedding Bouquets: The Osborne Myrtle Bush

The tradition of myrtle being used in a bridal bouquet is long established and largely European, although its associations with marriage has its origins in both ancient Greek mythology, as well as in Roman ritual, the myrtle being “dear” to Venus, as it had once been considered “sacred” to the goddess Aphrodite. Jewish liturgy also incorporated it occasionally in the form of branches…
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Cheneygates: Where an English King died

The Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey is part of what is the oldest surviving medieval house in London. Its history is significant, but the room itself little seen, because it is not open to the general public. It is part of what is known as Cheneygates, the ancient…
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Royal Baby Name Focus: Mary

Royal Baby Cambridge Number 3 is due imminently and the bookies have already made their minds up as to the new fifth in line to the throne. They’re confident Prince George and Princess Charlotte are getting a baby sister and she’s going to be called Mary. It’s been hot favourite for the royal baby for several weeks so as we wait to find out if they’ve called this one…
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