Palaces & BuildingsSweden

A look at Solliden Palace, Sweden's summer residence

Situated on the island of Öland, Solliden Palace has been the summer getaway for Swedish royals since 1906. Today it offers a beautiful summer retreat for the family and plays host to Crown Princess Victoria’s annual birthday celebrations in July. But at the time, it provided a much-needed getaway from city life for another Crown Princess Victoria. Construction on the palace started in…
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History

The royal duchess who went from mistress to matriarch

t was a famous royal love story that shocked as much as it thrilled. John of Gaunt was the ultra-ambitious prince whose desire to be a king almost cost him his life, Katherine Swynford was the mysterious commoner who supplanted a queen in his affections. Their relationship…
HistoryHistoryInterestsSweden

A childhood marked by tragedy: a look at King Carl XVI Gustaf's early years

Many people are used to thinking about members of royal families as people with immense privilege and a life free from pain and suffering. However, this was far from the truth for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Born Prince Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus on 30 April 1946, he was the last child and only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sybilla. On 26 January 1947, Prince Gustaf…
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Royal Ascot

The tears of King Charles as his Ascot win brings a special link to Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III was visibly moved as his horse raced to a famous win at Royal Ascot – and there was a poignant reason why. The horse had been bred by his beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth II. His Majesty clearly had tears in his eyes as he celebrated the victory in the King George V Stakes on day three. As Desert Hero trotted to the winner’s enclosure, The King and Queen both…
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Royal Ascot

Queen Camilla presents the Ascot trophy named after the royal whose crown she wore at the Coronation

Their names are both written in the history books as queen consorts and their Coronations involved the same crown so it’s fitting that Queen Camilla has presented the main prize on the second day of Royal Ascot, named after a woman with whom she has many links, Queen Mary. Her Majesty handed over the historic gilt trophy to winners in a sunny ceremony soon after the race ended. Victory…
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