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The monarch's role in Japan

Historically, Japan is one of the oldest empires in the world that is still in existence today. However, the role of the Emperor has tended to fluctuate a lot within the millennia of history since the creation of the first shogunate.  In some periods, the Emperor only had a symbolic role, while in others, all power to rule over the country was in his hands. And I can use the masculine pronoun…
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The Gold State Coach, the piece of history to star in Charles III's Coronation

On 6 May 2023, the world will watch as King Charles III is coronated alongside Queen Consort Camilla. During their coronation, the world will also see a symbol of royal history, The Gold State Coach. The enclosed, eight-horse-drawn carriage was commissioned in 1760 by Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, for King George III. Samuel Butler was the one to build it in one of his…
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Liz Truss tells The King she is resigning as Prime Minister after only 45 days in office

Liz Truss has announced she is resigning as Prime Minister after only 45 days in office. Mrs Truss will remain in Downing Street for one further week until a successor has been appointed. The Prime Minister notified The King of her intention to resign before making her public statement. Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs Truss said she recognised that she “cannot deliver the…
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The symbols of majesty resting on Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is currently Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects. She will remain there until 6:30 am on Monday, 19 September. Resting on top of the coffin are three symbols of the monarchy which hold great significance. The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, the monarch’s personal flag. The Royal…
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