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Birthplace of King Carl XVI Gustaf: Haga Palace

It might be the birthplace of Sweden’s current king and the home of Crown Princess Victoria and her family, but Haga Palace has also served many different functions over the years, ranging from an orphanage to a guest house for visiting foreign statesmen to a conference facility. The palace was modelled after an Italian villa and built in 1802 by architect Carl Christoffer Gjörwell at…
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Palaces & Buildings

Bomb disposal team called to The Queen's official residence in Scotland

A man has been arrested after a bomb disposal team attended to reports of a suspicious item at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The Palace is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. She is not currently at the property and has been living at Windsor Castle for the best part of the year. The suspicious item has now been dealt with. A spokesperson for Police Scotland…
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King Haakon V and his three fortresses

King Haakon V has a special role in Norwegian history. He is known as the king who finally reunited Norway after 110 years of civil war. He unified Norwegian power and created an empire that stretched over Norway, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and parts of today’s Britain and Sweden. What is not as well known, however, is that he strengthened his power by building more fortresses…
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Greek government plans to turn former Royal Palace into five-star spa-hotel

The former Greek Royal Palace of Tatoi is to re-open, but not as a royal palace. The Greek government, who seized the property when the Greek monarchy collapsed, plans to reopen the palace as a hotel. Tatoi Palace is the former summer palace of the Greek royal family and is located at a 10,000 acres estate, 27 kilometres from the city centre of Athens. For the last 50 years the Palace has been…
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