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A golden toilet to be installed at Blenheim Palace

It was the gift of a grateful queen on behalf of the nation to a legendary soldier that ended up being criticised for its immense cost. But not even in the heyday of Queen Anne and the Duke of Marlborough did Blenheim Palace reach the decadent heights of a glittering bathroom. Now, all that has changed, as a golden toilet is to installed in the famous landmark. It’s actually part of an art…
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The Favourite scoops just one Oscar

Olivia Colman has won the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 91st Academy Awards for her part as Queen Anne in The Favourite. She picked up her first Academy Award at the ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Colman walked away with The…
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Olivia Colman and 'The Favourite' rule at the BAFTAs

Olivia Colman has scooped yet another prize for her portrayal of Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’. She was named Best Actress at this year’s BAFTAs, accepting her prize in front of an audience that included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There was a standing ovation for the star as she came on stage to pick up her award from Gary Oldman. The awards were held at the Royal Albert Hall in…
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A Calendar of Queens: February

Royal history is so rich that the year is peppered with anniversaries and milestones. From births to deaths, coronations to weddings, each month brings the memory of another landmark moment. Britain’s queens, past and present, have written themselves into the history…
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Right royal nods for 'The Favourite' at the Golden Globes

She’s had the run of queens regnant for centuries, but Anne is finally getting her moment in the spotlight. ‘The Favourite’, the film telling the story of the court of the last Stuart monarch, has been nominated for a host of Golden Globe awards, the first major prizes of the US movie season. Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in the dark comedy, is up for the best actress award in the…
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Palaces & Buildings

You can now say "I do" at Kensington Palace

Many young brides dream of looking like a princess on their wedding day, but it is also possible to get married at a palace. Kensington Palace is licenced for weddings and some can form some of the eighty public functions it can hold during the year. The suggested place for the nuptials is the Orangery, built for Queen Anne to protect her orange trees during the winter, it was also used for many…
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