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Royal Weddings: the Wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

The last major Windsor wedding of the 20th century became something of a turning point for The Queen and her family. It wasn’t just that this royal celebration was more informal and more relaxed than the spectacular ceremonial of previous royal marriages. The wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, on June 19th 1999, seemed to mark a change in direction following a tumultuous decade that had…
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'Dear Uncle King': George IV and Princess Victoria

With the forthcoming exhibition of the Royal Collection George IV: Art & Spectacle set to open later this year, I want to take a brief look at the relationship between the future Queen Victoria and her paternal uncle, the Prince Regent, later George IV. The Duke of Kent was deeply concerned that his unborn child should be born on British soil, so that its right to succeed would not be…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Princess Eugenie's Choices

With just days to go until the second royal wedding of 2018, it’s time to get very excited indeed about all things bridal. All eyes will be on Princess Eugenie of York on October 12th as she walks into St George’s Chapel, Windsor for her marriage to Jack Brooksbank, and while the gown and tiara will be getting plenty of glances, there’s one thing that really seals a royal nuptial…
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The Wedding Dress of the Countess of Wessex

If ever a royal wedding dress summed up its wearer, it was the gown chosen by Sophie Rhys-Jones for her marriage to Prince Edward on 19 June 1999 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Subtle, elegant and classic, this was the final Windsor bridal dress of the 20th century and it saw in a new era with style. Sophie and Edward’s big day might have been a modern marriage but it had an air of the…
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