Palaces & Buildings

Red Arrows fly over an abandoned Buckingham Palace to commemorate VE Day

The RAF Red Arrows flew on over an eerily quiet Buckingham Palace on Friday morning to mark Victory in Europe Day. In what was supposed to be a day of huge celebration with thousands of people lining the streets, instead the only people out to see the flypast were journalists and photographers. It had been agreed that news of the flypast should not be made public until after the event…
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Palaces & Buildings

The Queen turns Windsor Castle blue in tribute to the UK's healthcare staff and key workers

Windsor Castle was illuminated in blue on Thursday evening as the United Kingdom came to a standstill at 8pm in a mass applause for those working to defeat ongoing epidemic. In what has turned in to a weekly occurrence, at 8pm each Thursday, people gather on their doorsteps, at their windows and on their balconies to clap National Health Service staff and other key workers. To show her…
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The life and times of the 18th Duchess of Alba, who had more titles than Queen Elizabeth II

The 18th Duchess of Alba, María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, was born on 28 March 1926 at the vast Liria Palace, which has served as the Madrid residence of the Dukes of Albas for generations (most of the home was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and was rebuilt by the Duchess’s father and the Duchess). The Fitz-James Stuarts, the most powerful aristocratic…
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Buckingham Palace video shows Palace restoration project

A new video from Buckingham Palace shows work being done to restore the iconic building. More specifically, the video shows how officials are working to preserve its historic nineteenth-century wallpaper in the Yellow Drawing Room. The vital work will protect the wallpaper from getting damaged as nearby construction work continues as part of the Reservicing programme. Once the work is…
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