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Son of the King and Queen of Bhutan receives his name in naming ceremony

The son of Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema has been named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck in an official naming ceremony. The name is explained on the King’s official Facebook page. Jigme means fearless, and invokes the strength to confront any challenges that the future may present, without fear or hesitation, when the time comes for the Gyalsey to serve his…
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Monarchy Rules: A Look At Stephen

King Stephen of England was born in Blois in France in either 1092 or 1096. It’s quite unusual that we do not have a birth date for a future king of England, but by the time of his birth it was no expected that he would ever be king. His parents were Stephen-Henry…
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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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Monarchy Rules: a look at Edward VII

Today, our dear Prince Harry would be what many may define as a “playboy prince”, but he doesn’t even begin to hold a candle to his ancestor Edward VII. King Edward VII of Britain – From the painting by W. H. Margetson Born 9 November 1841 to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Albert Edward would hold the title of heir apparent longer than any other member of the royal…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at George V

George V was born George Frederick Ernest Albert to the Prince and Princess of Wales, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, on 3 June 1865. He was their second child, their first being Prince Albert Victor. When George was twelve, he and his brother were sent to…
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The Battle of Lincoln and The Short Rule of the Empress Matilda

Henry I saw his worst nightmare come true on 25 November 1120. His only son and heir to the Kingdom of England drowned in the White Ship disaster. Without a son, he turned to his only surviving legitimate child, Matilda. Young Matilda had been married to the Holy Roman Emperor since 1114, but when he died in 1125 and Henry’s second marriage to Adeliza of Louvain produced no surviving…
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