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A Calendar of Kings: February

Our royal history is filled with major moments and those attached to the monarchs and consorts whose names are all too familiar take on a significance all of their own. Each month, at Royal Central, we’re taking a look at the monarchical milestones that pepper the past and as the year winds on, here is a Calendar of Kings for February. To Crown a King February is rather light on kingly birthdays…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at George IV

George IV ascended the British throne 200 years ago today. Here, Royal Central’s Assistant Editor, Moniek Bloks, looks at the life of the Regent who finally got to reign.   The future George IV was born at St. James’s Palace on 12 August 1762 to George III and…
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King Haakon's Christmas speeches to an occupied Norway

Christmas tends to be a pleasant time, especially for the royals. When it comes to the Norwegian Royal Family, they have many good Christmas traditions that make Christmas a pleasant time. There is, however, a period when Christmas for the Royal Family from Norway was not very pleasant, namely during World War II. Germany invaded Norway on 9 April 1940. This led to a five-year occupation. While…
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Finding Queen Maud in Oslo

This year, it is 150 years since Norway’s Queen Maud was born. This is marked by Royal Central with several articles where we look at the life of the British princess who married a Danish prince and ended up as a Norwegian queen. In Oslo today, the city that Maud once…
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The lost tiara of Queen Maud

This year, it is 150 years since the Norwegian Queen Maud was born in London. Much has been written about the queen who was elected to be monarch together with her husband as a new Norwegian royal couple in an independent Norway in 1905. When Queen Maud came to Norway, she brought a lot of jewellery with her. One item from this precious collection has simply disappeared. It has been stolen and it…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Princess Grace of Monaco

It was a ground breaking and glamourous royal wedding and the images of it remain as familiar now as they have ever done. The world watched, enthralled, when Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19th 1956. Her wedding dress has become one of the most celebrated royal outfits of modern times. And her bridal bouquet is just as well known. For her religious wedding, Grace chose a…
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