HistoryHistoryNorway

King Haakon's Christmas speeches to an occupied Norway

Christmas tends to be a pleasant time, especially for the royals. When it comes to the Norwegian Royal Family, they have many good Christmas traditions that make Christmas a pleasant time. There is, however, a period when Christmas for the Royal Family from Norway was not very pleasant, namely during World War II. Germany invaded Norway on 9 April 1940. This led to a five-year occupation. While…
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FeaturesInsightRoyal Weddings

The Royal 2010s: Royal Weddings

Today, we continue looking back at the royal decade with the biggest royal weddings in Europe. United Kingdom Prince William and Catherine Middleton – 29 April 2011 Embed from Getty Images Prince William married his university sweetheart, Kate Middleton…
State & Ceremonial

The Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster just six days before Christmas

The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament on Thursday morning – just six days before Christmas. The occasion in Westminster is thought to have been Her Majesty’s final engagement of 2019. She will shortly depart London for Sandringham where the 93-year-old monarch will reside during the winter season. This was The Queen’s second State Opening of Parliament in as…
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InterestsPalaces & Buildings

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground named one of England's best play spaces

It’s a whimsical area of Kensington Gardens where pirate ships and imagination reign, and now the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground has been ranked as one of the country’s best playgrounds. The playground, which is visited by more than one million people a year, is a favourite of children visiting London and was honoured for the “quality and variety of play…
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BelgiumFeaturesHistoryRoyal Weddings

Royal Wedding Rewind: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

It was the last major royal wedding of the 20th century and it began a new chapter in a royal story that would lead to a throne. On December 4th 1999, the then heir to the Belgian throne, Philippe, married Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz before a host of regal guests. The couple became King and Queen of the Belgians in 2013. On the twentieth anniversary of their marriage, Royal Central…
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