History

A Midsummer's Dream: the royal anniversaries on one day in June

It is the high point of summer and a high point in the royal history books. For June 22nd, in the very heart of midsummer, has seen some of the most celebrated and sparkling of all regal events. And all of them are milestones in famous reigns. Here are four special royal events for one midsummer’s day of regal dreams. The First Diamond Queen – June 22nd 1897, London Embed from Getty…
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The King of Appleton House

It was a quiet country house, described by several who knew it as ‘’little’’ and a ‘’pied a terre’, given as a wedding present to a royal couple who were expected to linger on the fringes of regal life. Yet on July 2nd 1903, it became the birthplace of one of…
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Today marks 60 years since King Haakon VII died and Olav V became King of Norway

Today, 21 September, there are two jubilees in Norwegian royal history. It is precisely sixty years since His Majesty King Haakon VII died and his only child became the next King of Norway, His Majesty King Olav V. King Haakon reigned from November 1905 until his death in September 1957 and was one of the few monarchs in history to be elected by his people. By the Norwegians today, he is most…
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Remembering King Olav V of Norway

Today it is exactly 26 years since His Majesty King Olav V of Norway died. King Olav was born as Prince of Denmark, and his parents were King Haakon VII and Queen Maud, who was the daughter of Edward VII of Britain. Olav was born on 2 July 1903 and baptised Alexander Edward…
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New book about King Haakon reveals unknown coup plans

For the Norwegian people, it is widely known that one can be grateful to King Haakon VII of Norway that the resistance against the German occupation was as extensive as it was during the Second World War. King Haakon refused to appoint the German friendly Vidkun Quisling as prime minister and he refused to sign the German peace-proposal. After Norway was lost to the Germans, he and Crown Prince…
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