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Hidden secrets of a royal game of thrones come to light

It was an epic battle for power involving parliament and it came to its conclusion on September 3rd. But this fight for the future of a country took place not at Westminster but at Worcester. Today, almost 370 years later, experts have announced they have finally found physical evidence of the battle that secured the rout of a royal dynasty and the supremacy of parliamentary power. The scene…
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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Mary, Princess Royal

You may have heard of this Princess of Orange before, as the 7th Princess of Orange was also an English Princess. Mary was the daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France and also the first bearer of the title, ‘Princess Royal’, which was created by Henrietta Maria who wished to imitate the French ‘Madame Royale’ style. Mary was born on 4 November 1631 at St.
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Monarchy Rules: A Look at Charles II

Charles, son of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France on 29 May 1630 in St James’s Palace. He became The Prince of Wales at the age of eight but was never formally invested with honours of his position. Charles was twelve when the English Civil War broke out between the…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at James II

James was not born to be a King. He was the third, but second surviving son of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, born on 14 October 1633. Though he was styled as Duke of York from birth, he was not formally created so until 1643. His father was executed on 30 January 1649 but…
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Royal Connections: City of Portsmouth

Portsmouth comes from the Old English Portesm?ða, which translates to: “mouth of the harbour called Portus.” It was a city founded in the year 1180 by John of Gisors, a Norman lord. Before that, it was known to have been a Saxon fort called Portus Adurni in the Roman era and later, in Anglo-Saxon England, it became Portchester Castle. During the Norman Conquest of 1066, it is believed…
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