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Future of George IV's famous home on hold because of coronavirus

Transition plans for Brighton’s famed Royal Pavilion, the seaside pleasure palace built by King George IV, are now in limbo due to the coronavirus crisis. Last month it was announced the Royal Pavilion & Museums, which are currently run by Brighton and Hove City Council, would be taken over by a charitable trust April 1, but those plans have been delayed because of the current…
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#OTD 1785: Louis XVII of France is born

On this day, March 27, in 1785, His Majesty King Louis XVII was borne in France. He was born prince of France and Duke of Normandy and was the son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. When his older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, he became the heir to the…

On this day 64 years ago: The Queen Mother's devastating bellyflop at the Grand National

March 24 marks exactly 64 years since The Queen Mother suffered one of the cruelest defeats in the history of sport when her horse bellyflopped at the finishing line of the Grand National. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was a huge horse racing lover, with it being estimated that she had owned more than 500 winners in her lifetime. In 1956, Her Majesty was about to achieve what no…
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Princess Beatrice to have no guests at her wedding if it goes ahead in May

Princess Beatrice’s upcoming wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will not be permitted to have any guests present should it go ahead in May as planned. New guidance from the Church of England states that the number of people attending church weddings during the coronavirus crisis should be limited to the legal minimum of five. These five people consist of the priest, the bride, the groom…
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Royal Wedding Dresses: Alexandra of Denmark

It was one of the most talked about weddings of the 19th century. All eyes were on a young, Danish princess called Alexandra as she walked into St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on March 10th 1863 to marry Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. Her groom was heir to Queen Victoria, her father first in line to the throne of Denmark. And so the gown chosen by the teenage bride had to fit the bill. And it…
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