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A look at Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall - the Thai King's residence

As we await the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X this week, let’s take a look at the official residence of the King of Thailand. Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, also known as the Ambara Villa, is located within Bangkok’s Dusit Palace and translates to “the royal seat in the sky.” Completed in 1906, it now serves as the primary residence of the…
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Marie Antoinette's chambers at Versailles throw open their gilded doors again

After three years of extensive renovations, Marie Antoinette’s elaborate apartments will reopen to visitors at the Palace of Versailles. The public can tour The Queen’s Bedchamber, The Nobles’ Room, The Royal Table Antechamber, and The Queens’ Guard Room from 16 April. “The work that has been done by all the craftsmen who worked on this site has led us to revisit this…
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Caernarfon Castle - A History of Investitures

On Tuesday, 5 March, a special reception will be held at Buckingham Palace in honour of Prince Charles, who is this year celebrating 50 years as the Prince of Wales. Hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, the reception is expected to be attended by all of the senior members of the Royal Family and will be a celebration of Welsh organisations, businesses, charities and music. The investiture of Prince…
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The Christmas Spirit of Windsor Castle

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and one of the Queen’s favourite residences is ready to put on a festive show like no other. The Christmas season at Windsor Castle is under way. The Great Hall at the ancient castle will, as always, form the centrepiece of the Christmas celebrations at Windsor. A huge Christmas tree, around twenty feet in height, will dominate the…
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