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Monarchy Rules: a look at George I

George I became an international name in 1714 when he became King of Great Britain and Ireland. Until then, he was one of many German princes and dukes with their own patch to rule but not much reason for the rest of the world to take notice of them. George had acquired some notoriety because of his action packed private life but nothing could have prepared him for the changes that inheriting the…
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The October Queens

Maria of Modena was born in October 1658 and is the last queen consort, so far, to have celebrated a birthday in that month When being a queen meant that you had married a king, rather than being a ruler yourself, life stories were told very differently. The queens of…
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The October Kings

October is truly the king of all the autumn months as the leaves turn to gold and regal red and the fading sun adds a gentle sparkle to all it touches. And it’s marked the beginning of five royal roads that ended with a crown – although all five monarchs had very…
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Five other royal events that share The Queen's Day of History

As September 2015 draws to a close, it has made its mark in the royal history books. This month will be remembered for decades for one big royal event. On September 9th 2015, The Queen became the longest reigning monarch in British history as she overtook the record set by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria. But while September 9th will always be remembered in years to follow for this…
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Belgium

Belgium's king pays a surprise visit to a centre for asylum seekers

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The bodies of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia are exhumed

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Monarchy Rules: a look at William IV

William IV was the man who left his throne to Queen Victoria but he was king for just seven years and heir to the throne for only three years before that. And yet he holds the record, at the moment, as the oldest person ever to inherit the British crown.  William IV was a…
Palaces & Buildings

The ghost of George II: royal scare shows are all the rage this year

Hot on the heels of Hampton Court announcing a series of spooky walks for Hallowe’en, another of the buildings under the care of Historic Royal Palaces is offering the chance to look for regal ghosts. In just a few weeks time, Kensington Palace will open its doors for eerie evening tours which HRP say will offer three hundred years of secrets – all to be uncovered in just a few hours. The…
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