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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima toast King Harald and Queen Sonja for their hospitality

The second day of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s State Visit to Norway ended with a ‘return reception’ – a tradition that is slowly disappearing, which made it all the more special to see it in action.  King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima hosted the Norwegian Royals at a concert, followed by a standing reception, to thank them for their hospitality during…
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How many sapphires are there in the Imperial State Crown?

The Imperial State Crown is one of the most popular royal crowns, not only in Britain but across the globe. Given that September’s birthstone is September, it is the perfect time to look at the two historic sapphires set in the Imperial State Crown. St. Edward’s Sapphire is one of the notable sapphires in the State Crown. It is an octagonal, rose-cut sapphire and sits in the cross at…
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Looking for a job? A ceremonial operations manager is needed for the Platinum Jubilee

The Royal Family is known around the world for its pomp and pageantry, and if you’re looking for a job that puts you in the thick of these exciting and historic events, there’s a current vacancy that might be up your street. The Royal Parks are looking for a ceremonial operations manager who will be responsible for planning events within the parks, including the upcoming Platinum…
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A hat trick of football stars are awarded honours in the Queen's Birthday list

Three of the biggest names in football have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. There are MBEs for two of the players in the England squad taking part in the Euros which got under way just as the honours were made public. Liverpool star, Jordan Henderson, is recognised for his charity work. During the coronavirus pandemic, he helped set up a fund which raised money…
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