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Learn to dress like a royal through free online course from the University of Glasgow

While the ‘Kate effect’ and ‘Meghan effect’ has fashionistas racing to their laptops every time the duchesses step out in a new ensemble, royal fashion lovers rejoice, as there is a new way to indulge in your passion. The University of Glasgow has collaborated with Historic Royal Palaces to develop a five-week online course and best of all it is free! The course, A History of Royal…
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One of Henry VIII's lost treasures goes on show in London

It’s a striking example of royal PR at its most dramatic and most powerful, and it’s about to go on public display in England for the first time. The artwork, a tapestry showing St Paul ordering the burning of heretical books, was commissioned by King Henry VIII in the 1530s at the time of his most famous and controversial religious reforms. Feared lost for decades, it has now resurfaced and…
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History's Royal Kates: Katherine of Valois

For a woman who founded one of the most famous royal dynasties in British history, she is surpisingly enigmatic. Katherine of Valois was the first Kate to be Queen of England and yet much of the modern imagining of her comes from her fleeting appearance in the works of…
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'Forgotten' Tudor royal children at Westminster Abbey

In addition to the six Tudor royal burials at Westminster Abbey, there are several more whose location is either unknown or well-hidden to the immediate eye. These royal children, whilst (almost) invisible in terms of a lack of memorial or a monument that is at best, unseen, we tend quite naturally to only look for those tombs which we know can be found. All of the (legitimate) children of Henry…
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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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