Royals

How the Tudors came to power

How the Tudors came to power

When Henry Tudor was born at Pembroke Castle on the 28th of January 1459 his future looked far from promising. His mother, Margaret Beaufort, was only thirteen when she gave birth, thereby permanently damaging her body. His father, Edmund Tudor,…

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Edinburgh Castle, the defender of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, the defender of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, is built on the summit of an extinct volcano, 390 feet above sea level. Archeological evidence shows that the site was possibly settled during the early Iron Age, which makes it the longest continually…

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Anne Boleyn and Nobel Blood Relations

Anne Boleyn and Nobel Blood Relations

When Anne Boleyn’s beloved father Sir Thomas Boleyn was born he was a particular favourite out of all of the Earl of Ormond’s grandchildren. This would place him in good stead making him recognised from a young age. However, in…

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History of Anne Boleyn rise to throne

History of Anne Boleyn rise to throne

Anne Boleyn, Quee of England, 1533-1536. Who has heard of her? The amount of people that would respond to this question with a negative is minimal. From as early as nursery/kindergarten children are taught the bare basics of this immortal…

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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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