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On This Day in 1643: Louis XIV takes over the throne in France

On this day, the 14 May 1643, Louis XIV took over the throne in France following the death of his father King Louis XIII. Louis XIV is often called the ‘King of the Sun’, and was born in 1638 as the eldest son of King Louis XIII and Anna of Austria. For as long as his father was incapable of ruling, the real power lay with Cardinal Mazarin. When the Cardinal died in 1661, Louis XIV…
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What difference will any government changes to weddings mean for Princess Beatrice?

The UK government could allow small weddings to take place in England as they continue to review lockdown restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the change to the current ban on marriages won’t take effect until June 1st 2020 at the earliest – too late for Princess Beatrice of York’s plans. Beatrice was set to wed her fiance, Edoardo Mapelli…
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Royal History Mystery: the murder of a Tsar that wasn't discovered for half a century

As the only son of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, Tsar Paul I succeeded his mother on her death in 1796. He would rule the Russian Empire for the next five years. Probably, he would had ruled the Russian Empire much longer than that. But Paul was murdered. And his death was planned by his own son – a fact first discovered by accident 50 years later. Tsar Paul was a pure despot.
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Royal Wedding Dresses: the designer behind the Duchess of Cambridge's famous gown

When Kate Middleton stepped out of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI at Westminster Abbey on the morning of 29 April 2011, the world finally learned who created her wedding dress: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.To most of the world, it was a well-kept secret. But Burton’s name had been floated around as a serious contender for the coveted commission for a while before the wedding. The Sunday…
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