Royals

Crown Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover

Crown Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover

Crown Prince Ernest Augustus was not an attractive marital candidate in any way. His father, King George V of Hanover, was the last king of Hanover, and his grandfather was the British Duke of Cumberland, Queen Victoria’s uncle. When Queen…

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Marriage of Princess Thyra of Denmark

Marriage of Princess Thyra of Denmark

Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853–1933), the youngest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, married Crown Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1845–1923), son and heir of King George V of Hanover, the last king of Hanover. Although a surprising and…

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The name of Mary, Queen of Scots

The name of Mary, Queen of Scots

Sometimes you will see Mary Queen of Scots referred to as Mary Stewart or Mary Stuart. Both are correct and both are her rightful names. However, one is her maiden name (Stewart) and one is her married name (Stuart). They…

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Royal Palaces – Clarence House: Home of Prince of Wales and family

Royal Palaces – Clarence House: Home of Prince of Wales and family

Clarence House is located in London, next to St. James’s Palace. It was built in 1827 for the Duke of Clarence, the third son of King George III, and his wife Adelaide. The house was designed by John Nash, the…

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Somerset House – a slice of London’s history

Somerset House - a slice of London's history

For a thousand years, the north bank of the River Thames between Westminster and the City of London has been prime real estate. For powerful nobles like the Duke of Somerset, it was the best place to be, between the…

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Flower of Scotland and its legend

Thistle Legend and Floral Emblem of Scotland

During the reign of Alexander III (1249-1286) the thistle was adopted as Scotland’s floral emblem because, according to the stories of the day, it helped the Scots in time of invasion. Thistle Legend and Floral Emblem of Scotland In the…

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Reivers – Clans of the English Scottish Border

Reivers - Clans of the English Scottish Border

When Margaret, the Maid of Norway and grand-daughter of Alexander III died in 1291, Scotland was left without a direct heir to its throne. There were many claimants, thirteen in fact, including the families of Bruce and Balliol. Edward I…

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History of the Tudor Dynasty

History of the Tudor Dynasty

There were five Tudor monarchs: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward IV, Mary I, Elizabeth I. Of these, Henry VIII is most famous for his many wives and Elizabeth is famous for her lack of husbands. The Tudor family has captivated…

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Book review: Britain’s Royal Families

Book review: Britain's Royal Families

It is a complete family history of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain in one handy volume. It includes some biographical information relating to all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and…

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Royal Palaces: St. James’s Palace

Royal Palaces: St. James's Palace

St. James’s Palaces is on the of the oldest palaces in London. It is located in Pall Mall, north of St. James’s Park, and near Clarence House. It was built by King Henry VIII from 1531 to 1536 on the…

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