Ten reasons Katherine Parr is a Queen worth remembering

On July 12th 1543, a rather low key royal wedding took place. The groom was Henry VIII and his sixth wife was Katherine Parr, a relatively unknown minor noblewoman who had risen from daughter of a knight to Queen of England in thirty years. The woman who became a royal bride on that Julyday at Hampton Court was also one of her country’s most interesting…
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Ten unusual royal middle names

On July 17th 1947, a little girl was born at King’s College Hospital, London and given a rather rare first name.  Camilla, first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, would become known around the world by the name her parents gave her in the days after her arrival but the child who grew up to be HRH The Duchess of Cornwall also brought an unusual middle name into the Royal…
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The Royal Week in Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words and this new feature on Royal Central aims to give you a bit of easy weekend reading as we look back on the royal week in photos. There were plenty of special images from the State Visit this week of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his…

The common illness that killed a Queen

In the early autumn days of 1537, King Henry VIII was celebrating as his court welcomed a prince. His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread rejoicing.  Preparations were in full swing for an elaborate…
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Remembrance Sunday service shortened so Queen and veterans spend less time standing

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph will be shorter this year. The ceremony will be changed slightly to limit the amount of time that The Queen and the veterans who take part have to stand. Many veterans, some now in their nineties, wait for hours to be in place for the service and following the Act of Remembrance they take part in the march past the…
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Paris, Mayfair, Geneva - a tiara with history makes headlines

Everyone is talking about tiaras. With the Duchess of Cambridge due to attend the State Banquet in honour of President Xi Jinping at Buckingham Palace tonight, there has been much speculation as to which of the sparkling set pieces in the royal jewellery box Kate might be seen wearing this evening. But ahead of that, another tiara has been making headlines. This one is over one hundred years old…
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