A Calendar of Kings: March

Every royal life is peppered with milestones, the moments that mark beginnings and ends, filled with joy and sometimes sadness. On Royal Central, we’re charting the famous dates throughout the year in our Calendars of Kings and Queens. And as March gets well and truly under way, it’s time to look at the regal landmarks that month has brought. Here is a Calendar of Kings for…
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Farah, Last Empress of Iran

Early Life Born on 14 October 1938, Empress Farah Pahlavi was the only child of Sohrab Diba and Farideh Diba Ghotbi in Tehran. Less than ten years later, in 1947, she would lose her father at an early age; as Farah was very close to her father, his death deeply…

Oslo City Hall`s beautiful royal portraits

Oslo City Hall stands out in many ways from other city halls. It is best known for hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony every December 10 with the entire Norwegian Royal Family present. Construction was completed in 1950. But an unknown side of the building is that it also has a banquet-hall that houses four beautiful royal portraits. Let us take a look at them. When entering the banquet-hall…
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A Calendar of Queens: February

Royal history is so rich that the year is peppered with anniversaries and milestones. From births to deaths, coronations to weddings, each month brings the memory of another landmark moment. Britain’s queens, past and present, have written themselves into the history…

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…

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 his queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Upon the birth, he automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay…
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Lucy Worsley hosts Tudor Christmas special

Carols, mulled wine, a Christmas feast, and piles of gifts … no, it’s not a scene from your favourite festive movie, but from the court of Henry VIII. If you’ve ever wondered how the Tudors celebrated Christmas, join royal historian Lucy Worsley as she hosts A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley airing on BBC Two at 9 p.m. tonight and premiering Christmas Day on PBS in…
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