History

The Four Queens: Margaret of Provence, Queen of France

In the High Middle Ages, there were four sisters known by the famous moniker of “the Provençal Sisters” and they married four of the most influential men of Europe at the time. It is through these four marriages that the sisters: Margaret, Eleanor, Sanchia, and Beatrice ushered in an era of relative peace in the 1200s. A Desirable Arrangement The year was 1233, and Louis IX of France had been…
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Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla Start Australia Tour

It seems that Prince Charles and wife, the Duchess of Cornwall have a busy schedule ahead of them in Australia. The couple arrived on Tuesday, 10 November and were greeted by various local officials on the tarmac. Among those to greet Charles and Camilla were Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove; the Southern Australian Governor, Hieu Van Le; and the State Premier, Jay Weatherill. The couple…
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FeaturesHistory

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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History

Woking Palace: A Royal and Illustrious Legacy

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Palaces & Buildings

Blenheim Palace: A Gift from a Queen

On Friday 25 September, the Duke of Gloucester will be visiting the historic and highly unique Blenheim Palace. Ever since being built at the dawn of the 18th century, it has been home to a long and illustrious lineage of the Dukes of Marlborough. Over the centuries, it has…
History

Edward & Joan: A Plantagenet Love Story

“The most beautiful woman in all the realm of England, and the most loving,” fourteenth-century French chronicler, Jean Froissart once said of Joan of Kent. Joan, known by the sobriquet of “the Fair Maid of Kent,” was thirty-two and recently widowed upon the death of her late husband, Thomas de Holland, Earl of Kent. A Woman of Controversy The right panel of the Wilton Diptych…
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