European RoyalsState & Ceremonial

Austrians start a year of celebrations for Emperor Maximilian I

The Austrian Catholic Church yesterday began a year of honour to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Maximilian I, founder of Austria’s Catholic Habsburg Empire. As Austria has sought to distance itself from its Christian past and national history in recent decades, this decision to publicly honour the former Catholic ruler marks a noteworthy change in mainstream Austrian culture. Dubbed…
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State & Ceremonial

Arise Dame Twiggy, Gareth Southgate OBE & Harry Kane MBE - New Year Honours 2019 revealed

Twiggy, Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane are amongst the 1,148 people named in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. The model, actress and singer, Twiggy, has been awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours for services to Fashion, Arts & Charity. Dame Twiggy, also known as Lesley Lawson, was an icon of the 1960s and has enjoyed a career spanning for over 50 years. Speaking of her…
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State & Ceremonial

Theresa May to stay on as Prime Minister as she survives vote of no confidence

Theresa May will remain Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party after she survived a vote of no confidence amongst Tory MPs. Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote with 200 out of 317 Tory MPs supporting her to stay on as leader. However, crucially 117 members of her own party said they had no confidence in her, meaning the matter is not fully resolved. Despite winning the…
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State & Ceremonial

Professor Mary Beard offers to teach the Cambridge children Latin as she collects damehood from Buckingham Palace

Professor Mary Beard collected her damehood from Buckingham Palace on Friday at an investiture hosted by the Duke of Cambridge. As she collected her honour, Dame Mary told Prince William that she would be happy to teach Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Latin. Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Dame Mary said: “I hope he was listening. Of course, he was very polite…
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