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Prince Charles: Waiting... the long and the short

Prince Charles was born to fulfill a specific purpose – to one day be King. 66 years later, he is still waiting. Some princes wait longer than others to fulfill their destiny. Henry VI became King of England in 1422 at the age of only nine months, following his father Henry V’s sudden death in France at the age of 36. Incidentally, King Charles VI of France, Henry VI’s maternal grandfather…
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Richard III community appeal continues

A community appeal that was launched in November last year to raise money for the reinterment of King Richard III has managed to raise £11,000 of the £2.5 million required for the reburial of the former King of England. The community appeal hopes to raise as much as…
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Princess Mary's Christmas gift

For millions of people across the globe, tuning in to The Queen’s Christmas Message is a part of their Christmas tradition, and with the internet it is now much easier to view Her Majesty’s broadcast at one’s convenience. The theme of this year’s message (December…
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History Rewind: Charles I decides to arrest MPs and set the stage for war

In the years leading up to the Civil War, it was not King Charles’s intention to purposely isolate as many parts of the population as possible, but history sure tells a different story. His absolutist point of view was of concern to Parliament. In 1629, he decided to mimic his father and would not allow Parliament to meet. Upon their arrival at Westminster, they found the doors were bolted…
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King Henry VIII's headboard is London bound

<![CDATA[A beautiful headboard from the bed of King Henry VIII and his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, is currently on its way to London, where it will feature in a pop-up exhibition at Bonhams. The headboard was originally on display in Scotland, as a part of…
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Andrew Stewart Jamieson, The Royal Arms - Part One: Leopards and Lillies

<![CDATA[To celebrate the return to my position as a scribe and illuminator for HM The Queen's Crown Office I decided to write an article for the readers of Royal Central on how the royal coat of arms came to take it's current form. I have painted the royal arms numerous times during my thirty five year career as a professional heraldic artist.  For the reader of this article…
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Notable Names: Martin Charteris

<![CDATA[Martin Michael Charles Chateris, later known as Baron Charteris of Amisfield, was born in 1913. He is best known as Her Majesty's Private Secretary during the 1970's. Charteris was the second son of Lord Elcho, heir to the 11th Earl of Wemyss. He was…
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Notable Names: Thomas Becket

<![CDATA[Thomas Becket is famously remembered as the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered upon the supposed orders of King Henry II. Becket’s legacy has continued into the modern day, with many authors, poets, and films being centred on his struggles with Henry…
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The Royal Household: Pages of the Presence

<![CDATA[The Page of the Presence are three pages who are senior staff of the Master of the Household Department. Their role is as personal attendants to royal visitors. Other duties include looking after Buckingham Palace’s Grand entrance, where they supervise the arrivals and departures of various individuals such as ambassadors and others that Her Majesty may receive. The Pages are…
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