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The quiet house, lost to history, where an historic monarch was born

Not all kings and queens are born in castles. The tale of the longest reigning Monarch in British history began in a London townhouse. To be precise, No 17, Bruton Street, Mayfair – for that iswhere Elizabeth II was born. In the 1920s this now famous address was the London townhouse of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. Their residence in the capital had already featured in one…
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Queen Victoria: the story of a royal statue

Of the memorials in Kensington Gardens, many share a close connection with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the most important to the latter being the ornate Gothic masterpiece designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, known as the Albert Memorial, which was unveiled in 1872 and restored in recent memory. The statue to the great doctor Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was revealed by Prince Albert and has…
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The dazzling diamond bow that became a favourite of two queens

It’s among the lesser known sparklers in the royal collection but it has been passed among queens before they were majesties and it provides a fascinating glimpse into how family and dynasty intertwine. The Dorset Bow Brooch might not be one of the most famous of royal gems but its significance to the House of Windsor meant it took a starring role in the last major exhibition at…
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Blue and gold on the wedding dress of a queen

was one of the most talked about royal weddings in decades and now it is the marriage of a monarch and consort. On April 9th 2005, King Charles III and Queen Camilla married in Windsor. Millions were watching and they saw a bride with not one but two different wedding outfits. Those same outfits now have a place in history as the wedding dresses of Queen Camilla. Embed from Getty Images This…
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