British Royals

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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The royal bride who refused to wear white for her wedding

She was marrying a king’s son, a royal duke who was fifth in line to a throne. Her wedding was hugely anticipated, the latest in a series of magnificent marriages in a dynasty that still sparkled despite a continental turn against monarchy that had seen many of its most closely related royal families toppled from power. And yet this royal bride was determined to do things her own way. When…
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Princess Anne dons a hard hat for a brand new venture

The Princess Royal was in a hard hat and high vis jacket as she got to grips with a new project. Princess Anne is the sponsor of HMS Venturer, the Royal Navy’s newest frigate, which is currently under construction in Rosyth. As work continued, the Princess Royal was given a tour of the assembly facility. Wearing safety clothes, she was given an overview of the work involved in building…
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The unanswered mystery around the birth of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother lived most of her adult life in the spotlight and yet one very basic detail of her story is shrouded in mystery. For no one is really sure exactly where the Queen Mother was born. And no one did more to get people guessing than the Queen Mum herself. In 1980, as preparations were under way for her eightieth birthday celebrations, a Clarence House press officer…
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