The stories of Queen Victoria's granddaughters: Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine

‘A supremely honest woman, full of courage’. Those words, written about Queen Victoria’s second granddaughter, perhaps sum her up better than anything else.Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine lived through many tragedies but never gave up. Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, second left in this image, was the second granddaughter of Queen Victoria This princess who called Queen Victoria…
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Palaces & Buildings

Buckingham Palace throws open its doors for the summer

The weather might not be all that sunny but it is definitely summer season at Buckingham Palace. Today, the doors of The Queen’s London home are opened up to visitors from around the world for eight weeks. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open every year to the public, allowing visitors a chance to see the Royal Family’s most famous residence for themselves. There are nineteen…
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European Royals

As Prince George turns two, Europe marks other royal birthdays

While the second birthday of Prince George may have grabbed many of the headlines, he’s not the only prince blowing out candles in this hot part of July. For as the third in line to the throne goes to bed after lots of presents, cake and partying there are two other royal men in Europe looking back on memorable birthdays. Sharing the actual day is Prince Felix of Denmark, who on 22 July 2015…
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Is it time we made more of royal birthdays?

Looking at the images coming from Sweden on July 14th this year, two things struck me. Firstly, the second in line to the throne, Princess Estelle, has royal engagements wrapped up at the age of three. Secondly, doing a walkabout every year on a royal birthday is really…

How historic royals became big money spinners in the auction rooms

At the end of this month, a lock of hair snipped from the head of a woman who died almost 500 years ago will be sold at auction. The estimate on this tiny lot is up to £500. The sale will take place just days after a pair of 100 year old bloomers sold for over £12,000. And what do both these unusual objects have in common? They both belonged to long dead queens. Royal memorabilia is…
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