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Kensington Palace to host new exhibition on Diana, Princess of Wales

Kensington Palace is to host a new exhibition about Diana, Princess of Wales to mark 20 years since the death of the Princess, including a new temporary garden which is being installed in the grounds of the Palace in celebration of her life. The choice of a garden being built here, next to the home where the Princess lived for over 15 years is an appropriate one, especially as Kensington Gardens…
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The end of the Romanovs

On 17 July 1918, after three centuries in power, the Romanov dynasty came to a tragic end with the brutal execution of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Empress Alexandra and their five children. Background Tsar Nicholas II became Emperor of Russia on 1 November 1894 following the…
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#OnThisDay in 1833 Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, mother of Queen Mary, was born

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge was born on 27 November 1833 in Hanover, Germany. She was a granddaughter of King George III and great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II. Her parents were Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, the youngest surviving son of George III, and Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel. She was the youngest of the couple’s three children. She was christened Mary Adelaide…
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Royal Dukedoms: Duke of Cornwall

Back in the mists of time, where fact, fantasy and fiction blur Cornwall may even have been a Kingdom in its own right. However, by the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, Cornwall was an Earldom and remained that way until 1336. The Duchy was created by Edward III in 1336 to provide his son, Edward the Black Prince with an income. The Duchy of Cornwall was created as a Royal Duchy, and was to…
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Royal Burials: Basilica of St Denis

The west facade of the Basilica (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons). The Basilica of St Denis, the burial site of the Kings of France, is located in northern Paris, in the suburb of Saint-Denis. Saint Denis is a Christian martyr and patron saint of France and served as the…
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Royal Burials: Fontevraud Abbey

You may think that all the Kings and Queens of Great Britain are buried somewhere in our sceptre isle, even if in the case of some efforts are still going on to work out exactly where. In fact, two of our Kings and one of their wives at buried at the Royal Abbey of Our Lady…
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Royal Dukedoms - Duke of Edinburgh

The title Duke of Edinburgh is linked to the capital of Scotland, and was first appointed in 1726, and but it is not a Scottish peerage as such, but a Peerage of Great Britain, and it is an appointment given to members of the British Royal Family. The title does not carry any land or properties with it and it will return to the crown if there are no descendants. It was first granted to Prince…
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