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Rare Edward VII love gifts stolen from historic castle

Romantic gifts from a king to the ancestress of a future queen consort have been stolen from the stately home where they were on show. Rare keepsakes made from gold and precious stones and presented by King Edward VII to his last mistress, Alice Keppel, have been taken from Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire by thieves. The items, which include a golden Faberge cigarette case, a blue enamel…
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The King who kissed hands on the French Riviera

As the Queen welcomes the fourteenth Prime Minister of her reign, the ancient practice of ‘kissing hands’ will once more take centre stage. The brief exchange between monarch and premier will be mentioned in the Court Circular entry marking the meeting that will see Boris Johnson become PM. In the 21st century, it’s thought the act involves either a very short and symbolic…
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A Midsummer's Dream: the royal anniversaries on one day in June

It is the high point of summer and a high point in the royal history books. For June 22nd, in the very heart of midsummer, has seen some of the most celebrated and sparkling of all regal events. And all of them are milestones in famous reigns. Here are four special royal events for one midsummer’s day of regal dreams. The First Diamond Queen – June 22nd 1897, London Embed from Getty…
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Six figure sum paid for Queen Victoria coin called 'most beautiful'

It’s been dubbed one of the loveliest coins ever minted and, almost two centuries after it was struck, it’s making headlines again. A rare gold five pound coin, featuring an idealised image of Queen Victoria in the early years of her reign, has sold for a six-figure sum at a private auction. The coin, minted in 1839, went for £204,000 when it was put under the hammer by US firm…
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