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These Castles Look Lovelier on Wintertime!

Castles forevermore invite our imagination to dream of fairy tale romance. These lofty structures that have withstood the test of time do not only evoke bygone eras but also give us a glimpse of how it is to live the lives of princes and princess, of knights in shining armour and damsels in distress. But wait until wintertime and you'll see these castles are much lovelier! Check out our all-time favorite fairy-tale castles when snow begins to fall.

Queen Elizabeth II skips Christmas church service due to 'heavy cold'

Queen Elizabeth II skipped the annual Christmas church service last Sunday at the Sandringham estate for the first time since 1988 due to a heavy cold, a source from Buckingham Palace said. Both Her Majesty and Prince Philip suffered terribly from cold last week. Their trip to Sandringham was actually delayed and they had to be taken to the estate by helicopter on Thursday.

Watch: Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message 2016

This year’s Christmas message of Her Majesty The Queen focused on “inspiration,” urging millions of Britons to “take a deep breath” to face the “world’s big problems” after a tumultuous political year that was 2016. In fact, the word “inspire” and its derivates appeared 10 times as the Queen highlights UK’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and those from the Commonwealth. The Queen, however, made no mention of Brexit, however, her carefully coded message aims at telling her subjects to stay calm amidst the Brexit’s uncertainty.

Watch: A Queen is Crowned

When Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the only-feature length Technolor available recorded was given a facelift and watching it would make you feel like you’re right there and then, joining the throng of crowd as they witness the young queen as she officially took the reins of monarchy.

Watch: A Royal Journey

In 1951, Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, went to Canada for a visit representing the ailing King George VI. Their trip took to various Canadian provinces, including Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick.

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll: Queen Victoria’s Artistic Daughter

If there was one princess who was avant-garde enough to be ahead of her generation, then that would be Princess Louise. Artistic, unconventional and free spirited, the princess was both admired and criticized, but in the end, all that we can is be awed at the life she’d lived. Louise Caroline Alberta was born on March 18, 1848, at Buckingham Palace. She was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's fourth daughter and sixth child.

The Adventures of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

On December 25, 2001, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, celebrated a feat not too many royals—and even commoners—enjoyed: she celebrated her 100th birthday. Frail and confined to her wheelchair, she nevertheless enjoyed the event dedicated not only to honor that milestone in her life but possibly to serve as a last hurrah to a lady who spent most of her life in service to the British Royal Family and to the public in general. Indeed, that was the last time she was seen in public; that would also be the last public engagement of her niece, Princess Margaret, younger by three decades but weaker than her.

Chateaux in the Loire Valley: Part 1

French chateaux have definitely caught the imagination of travelers, not only for their fairy tale appeal and expansive gardens but also the colorful history that transpired on its halls. And when talking about chateaux, where else to visit that the majestic Loire Valley? In the first part of our Loire Valley chateaux series, we bring you to 10 chateaux that will truly make you  awe in amazement!

Watch—Queen Elizabeth II: In their Own Words

In September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II reached another milestone in her life and reign: she surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
On September 1, 2015, PBS premiered “In their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II,” a film following the colorful and profound life of Queen, from the childhood—a time when nobody else was expecting her to become Queen someday—to her uncle King Edward VIII’s shocking abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, the troubles and fear of World War Two, her own sudden ascension to the throne, and her eventful reign of that spanned over six decades and counting.

Princess Feodora of Leiningen: Queen Victoria’s Half-Sister

While the young Princess Victoria was not allowed to play with other children her age, she was blessed enough to have with her the care and affection of her older, half-sister, Princess Feodora of Leiningen. She was born on December 7, 1807 and was baptized Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine. Her father, Emich Carl, was Hereditary Prince of Leiningen, while her mother was Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfed.

1992—the British Royal Family’s Annus Horribilis

The year 1992 could have been a happy year for Queen Elizabeth II. After all, that marked her 40th year on the throne. But it will always be remembered as an “annus horribilis” in the annals of the British Family. Three events happened that placed the monarchy at its most troublesome year: the Charles-Camilla affair that led to the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the scandal involving the Duke and Duchess of York, and the fire at Windsor Castle.

Meet Great Britain’s Georgian Kings

The reign of George I ushered in the Georgian years in the history of Great Britain. The reign of four Georges would begin in 1714 and end in the death of King George IV in 1830.
George I (born 1660, ruled 1714-1727). George Louis succeeded his father as elector of Hanover, a north German state, in 1698. His mother, Sophia, was a granddaughter of James I if the English Stuart line. The English act6 the settlement (1701) had barred Catholics from the throne and exiled the Catholics heirs of the Stuarts. When Queen Anne died, in 1714, George succeeded to the British throne as the nearest Protestant heir. In 1715 a rebellion in Scotland in favor of the Stuart “pretender” was easily put down.

Watch: The Wedding of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

The wedding of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on December 4, 1999, was hailed as Belgium’s wedding of the decade.
The King, then Duke of Brabant, is the eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola. Mathilde, meanwhile, is the daughter of Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz, a Belgian nobleman. Her mother, Anna Maria Komorowska, traces her lineage to the Princes Sapieha and Counts Komorowski of Poland. It is not known how the two met and little is also known of the prince’s relationship with Mathilde, a speech therapist, until their engagement was announced in September 1999. She easily won the hearts of millions of adoring Belgians, thanks to her “youth, charisma, and beauty.” Interestingly, upon their accession to the throne in July 2013, Mathilde became the first-ever Belgian queen to be born in the country.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: Europe’s Most Dangerous Woman

It was 1941, the height of World War II and London was facing the toughest days in her history. The Blitz pounded the British Empire’s capital. While thousands of Londoners fled for their safety to the countryside, Great Britain’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, were adamant. They would never leave London.  Instead, they became lasting symbols of the country’s fight against Nazism and all the horrors it brought. They already sent their two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, to Windsor Castle. Despite the urging of the Cabinet to evacuate to Canada, she declared, "The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave."

The Strength of Maria Theresa’s Fighting Spirit

Maria Theresa’s reign as ruler of the Hapsburg dominions started out as a tumultuous one. October of 1740 saw a bitter winter. By December, Frederick II of Prussia, who took the crown of Prussia that year, marched to the mineral-rich Austrian province of Silesia to occupy it. The following year, Charles Albert of Bavaria occupied Bohemia and proclaimed himself its King. Worst, he was elected Holy Roman Emperor, a title held by the Hapsburgs since the 1500s. For a lady without experience  and left to inherit an empire nearly bankrupted, the darkest days of her life has arrived.

34 Quotes from Prince William

About the Queen and on Being Her Grandson
As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother.
I always remember having a healthy respect for my grandmother.
I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson like my brother as well. We both tend to take the mickey a bit much.
When the Queen says 'well done,' it means so much.
I've had lots of kids come up and ask for my autograph, I've had a grandmother stop me and ask me if I know a good place to buy underwear.
My relationship with my grandmother has gone from strength to strength. As a shy, younger man it could be harder to talk about weighty matters. It was: 'This is my grandmother who is the Queen, and these are serious historical subjects.'
I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson, like my brother as well. We both take the mickey a bit too much.
My grandmother certainly does not care for celebrity.
Being a small boy it's very daunting seeing the Queen around and not really quite…

The Crown is a Must-Watch among Royal Lovers!

The year 1952 ushered in a new era to the history of Great Britain. The once mighty empire where the sun never set was on the verge of decline and King George VI quietly passed away. The new sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, was in Kenya. The early years of the life of the young queen is the center of the new Netflix biopic, The Crown. It depicts how a 25-year-old newlywed faced the challenges that the most famous monarchy had to surpass by building a relationship with the impregnable Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.  The series will eventually progress through the decades leading to the end of the 20th century, showing us how the Queen’s quiet calm and tact enabled her to survive the innumerable personal intrigues and political rivalries.
Helmed by Peter Morgan, the drama series takes pride of its “masterfully researched scripts” showcasing the private life of the Queen as she carries on her public duties with “daring frankness.”  With the budget of $156,000, this series is so f…

Queen Elizabeth II and her Tiaras

Queen Elizabeth II is known for her extensive and priceless collection of jewelry. The tiaras that we feature in this article do not belong to the Crown Jewel, which are held in trust for the nation. They are rather the personal property of the sovereign. These tiaras have history that spanned hundreds of years and have seen alteration as they changed hands. Here are some of the most fabulous tiaras in the Queen's collection!

24 Inspiring Quotes from Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria reigned for almost 64 years and the length of her service to the throne marked an era when Britannia ruled the waves in an empire where the sun never sets. Initially criticized for her lack of experience and immature behavior (remember the Bedchamber Crisis?), the Queen eventually learned her lesson and through the years became a symbol of wisdom—the epitome of what a Constitutional Monarch is. Here are inspiring quotes of wisdom from the Grandmother of Europe.

10 Chateaux and Palaces to Visit in Paris

Visiting Paris is never complete without seeing its imposing palaces and chateaux that will make you realize what a grand life the royals of those years lived. Here are 10 chateaux and palaces that you should include on your must-see list.

33 Inspiring Quotes from Prince Harry

Prince Harry isn’t just your ordinary Prince Charming. A look in his life will reveal what an inspiring figure he is for serving his country, for performing his royal duties, and for supporting the cause he thinks will make the world a better place. Here are some inspiring words of wisdom from no other than Prince Harry.

The Life of Queen Eleonore of Bulgaria

Queen Eleonore was born a princess of Reuss on August 22, 1860 in the Prussian Province of Brandenburg (present-day Poland). Her father was Prince Heinrich IV Reuss of Köstritz and her mother was Princess Luise Caroline Reuss of Greiz.

35 Inspiring Quotes from Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales, has been an inspiring figure for her philanthropic activities and humanitarian causes. She may have had a troubled personal life, but that did not deter her from pursuing her passion of helping the poorest of the poor. Let us draw some inspiration from our Queen of Hearts with her 35 immortal quotes.

These Cute Photos of a Young Queen Elizabeth II Will Make You Realize What a Happy Childhood She's Had!

Nobody expected that the cute and adorable Princess Elizabeth would one day reign as Queen when she was born in 1926. She was the apple of the eye of her family and of the Britons. In fact, their adoration was such that the people of Wales gave her a small cottage for a playhouse. Her grandparents dotted on her as well. Check out these cute photos of Queen Elizabeth II when she was  a young child.

The Life of Prince Arthur of Connaught

Prince Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert was born on January 13, 1883, the second child and only son of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, third son and seventh child of Queen Victoria, and of Princess Louise Marguerite of Prussia, youngest daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia.

Death of a Princess: Remembering Princess Grace of Monaco

The death of Princess Grace of Monaco on September 14, 1982 not only shocked her family, but also stunned the world over. Hers is a story of a fairy tale princess, who transitioned from being an acclaimed Hollywood goddess to that of a world-famous royalty. The former Grace Kelly died at a hospital in Monaco at the age of 52 due to cerebral hemorrhage some 36 hours after her vehicle tumbled 120 feet down a mountainside with the princess trapped inside, Associated Press revealed.

Sisi: The Colorful Life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elizabeth of Austria was a woman ahead of her time. She had the guts to shun the strict protocol of the Habsburg court and Sisi lived a life on her own rules. She served as Austria-Hungary’s longest-reigning consort, a position she held for 44 years. At a time when individualism was out of question, Sisi, a free-spirit, was its epitome, breaking away from the constriction of court life and favoring the independence that traveling the world had to offer. But she was not strange to tragedy. In fact, she had to endure it more often than not and even her death was a tragic one.

Bellissima Paola! The Story of Queen Paola of Belgium

In the 1960s, aside from Princess Grace of Monaco, one royal beauty enamored the press and the public alike earning her raves as one of the most beautiful royals of the 20th century. She is Paola, the Princess of Liege, who would reign as Queen of Belgium for 20 years. So charming was she that her face graced the front cover of many magazines while her fashion taste set trends around the world.

Watch: The Christening of Prince Alexander of Sweden

On September 9, 2016, Prince Alexander of Sweden, was christened. Prince Alexander is the son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Watch the details of the ceremony below or read the full story here.

In Pictures: Prince Alexander of Sweden’s Christening

The entire country celebrated as Prince Alexander of Sweden was christened on September 9 at Drottnigholm Palace Church. Among those in attendance were King Carl XVI, Queen Silvia and other members of the Royal Family, politicians and guests who witnessed the ceremony steep in tradition.

A Rose Named Alexandra: The Story of Europe's Most Beautiful Queen

Queen Alexandra’s singular beauty and charm endeared her to the British people the moment she stepped foot on the English soil in 1863. In fact, the arrival of the Sea King’s daughter was anticipated as it was celebrated that Tennyson penned a poem for her, “A Welcome to Alexandra.”

The Life and Times of Queen Mary

Queen Mary is considered by many as one of the most popular members of the British Royal Family. Her image in the memory of the Britons across generations has never been tarnished by time. Never a stranger to the dictum of the people of her kind, she endeared herself to Queen Victoria for her grace, quiet dignity and dedication to duty. Through the years, she had remained a steadfast figure despite many upheavals and challenges faced by her husband’s reign, warfare, or even personal tragedies (she survived the death three of her children). Her penchant for jewelry and her interest in collecting and in recovering items that once belonged to the Royal Family enabled her to bequeath a sizable collection that are now considered priceless treasures.

What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour remains one of the most popular and most anticipated events in Great Britain. The ceremony is not only a showcase of the regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies, which dates back to the time when the British Armed Forces are the mightiest in the world, it also marks the of the British Sovereign’s official birthday. Since the reign of King George II, the official birthday of the Sovereign has been marked  by Trooping the Color. It is held in London in June every year during the Horse Guards Parade by St. James's Park. It also coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. Members of the British Royal Family never fail to witness the events, who are joined by guests, ticketholders and the general public.  
The ceremony begins with the royal procession, where the monarch travels down from Buckingham Palace to The Mall escorted by Household Cavalry. The Queen is given a royal salute after which she begins to inspect her troops of the Househo…

1977—The Silver Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II

In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and head of the Commonwealth. Church services throughout Great Britain were held on February 6, 1977, to commemorate the milestone in the life of a monarch that has been so loved by everyone around the world. By March, the nation was already getting ready to throw large parties in every major city. The festivities began as early as May reaffirming the Queen’s popularity and the abiding love of her subjects.

The Other Prince William: The Story of Prince William of Gloucester

In his lifetime, he was the British Royal Family’s most dashing bachelor, whose looks easily caught the attention of ladies around him. William Henry Andrew Frederick was born on December 18, 1941 to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and third son of King George V, and the former Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott, the third daughter the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. His younger brother, Richard, was born in 1944. The brothers were different both in looks and in temperament. While William was proud, dashing and outgoing, Richard was serious and reserved. But the brothers remained close throughout William’s life.

The Wedding of King Harald V and Queen Sonja

The love story of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway is one true-to-life Cinderella story that's worth writing about. After all, for an egalitarian state that is Norway, Sonja, a commoner, had to endure "the row about royalty and class."
King Harald V was born on February 21, 1937, the only son of King Olav V and Princess Martha of Sweden. He is the first Norwegian king to the born in Norwegian soil since Olav IV in 1370. Queen Sonja (nee Haraldsen), meanwhile, was born on July 4, 1937, the daughter of a clothing merchant.

These Pictures Will Show You that Balmoral Castle is the the British Royal Family's Favorite Holiday Home

Balmoral Castle, one of the many residences of the British Royal Family, is arguable where members the royals are happiest at.  Let us take a short trip back in time and relish how the royals from the time of Queen Victoria to the present Royal Family enjoyed the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Message of Condolence to Italian President after Devastating Earthquake

Queen Elizabeth II extended her condolences to Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella following the earthquake that hit the country’s central region.

At least 120 people reportedly died from the magnitude six earthquake, killing 120 people and leaving hundreds more injured.  The small towns of Amatrice, and Accumoli, and Pescara del Tronto.

On her message to the Italian president, the Queen said:

Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear of the loss of life following the earthquake in central Italy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Italy, especially the family and friends of those affected.

Elizabeth R.

The quake struck at 3.36am local time and was felt across a broad swathe of central Italy, including Rome, where residents woke to a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

The Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit

On August 25, 2001, with much of the European royalty looking on, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon married the woman who was described by the New York Times as “no ordinary  commoner.” The bride is Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, then 28, who was referred by the press during that time as "unconventional" and "uncommon" enough to be a modern-day Cinderella. She was after all a waitress and a mom to a then-four-year old who had a background on “heavy partying in Oslo's drug-filled ‘'house party’ milieu, New York Times reports.

Prince William Meets Angela Merkel for the First Time

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time as the second in line to the British throne visited Dusseldorf, Germany, to celebrate the 70th year of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. This is Prince William’s first engagement in over a month after spending time with his family on a holiday in France and performing his duties as an air ambulance pilot.

These Childhood Photos of Prince Harry Will Make You Want to Hug Him Even More!

Prince Harry has been the darling of everyone's eyes the moment he was born. Let us reminisce the prince's childhood days and you will see that he's one cute boy the world can't get over with!

Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Dies; Queen Victoria's Second Son Succeeds to the Throne

Ernst II, the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria's cousin, passed away midnight of August 22, 1893, at Reinhardsbrunn Castle near Gotha, New York Times reported. Since he was childless, the throne of the duchy fell to his nephew, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria and Ernst's younger brother, Prince Albert.

Financing the British Royal Family: Where does the Money Come From?

Securing the necessary funds is vital for the operations of the British Royal Family. The Monarchy has, more often than not, been described as an expensive institution. However, the Royal Household works towards ensuring that the taxpayers' money is spent in the most efficient manner. So where does the Queen gets the money to fund their day-to-day activities?

The British Royal Family is UK's Top Tourism Draw

The British Royal Family is a top tourism draw that’s difficult to knock down from the No. 1 spot. Since the 2012 Olympics, U.S. visit to London has seen a steady increase by 2.3 million American visitors. That’s a rise of 11 per cent from 2012 according to the data from London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company.

These Photos will Remind You that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Love is Bound to Last Forever

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married since we can imagine when. They've survived the toughest challenges, celebrated milestones together, and now they reaped the adoration of millions of people around the world. In a time when marriages seem to end as fast as love transpires, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are inspiration to many who want to believe that happily ever after still exists, especially for those who look for it, fight for their love and endure the test of time.

Princess Charlotte to Make First Overseas Tour Next Month

Princess Charlotte could be heading on her first ever royal tour next month as her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to make an official visit Canada. A report by Sunday Times can tell that the Cambridges are all set for their eight-day trip.  The would be Prince George’s official trip who joined his parents on their Australia and New Zealand visit in 2014.

10 Reasons Why Queen Anne of Romania is Larger than Life

Queen Anne, considered as Romania’s “Uncrowned Queen,” was hailed “as one of the most important symbols of wisdom, dignity and, especially, as a model of moral conduct." Despite the difficulties she encountered in her earlier life, she went on to become the strength and the biggest support that King Michael I (who himself had to endure losing the throne of Romania) ever had. Let us take a look at her trying yet colorful life.

King Edward VIII’s Financial Settlement: How Much Money Did He Get After The Abdication?

King Edward VIII leaped into financial uncertainty the moment he signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936. That same day, Edward, now known as Duke of Windsor, entered into an agreement with his younger brother and successor, King George VI, that secured him £25,000 annually for the rest of his life. However, the King later renounced this agreement and instead offered him a smaller amount which would cease upon the King's death. The condition is that Edward should never step into British soil unless invited by government.

13 Things You Should Know About Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood

Queen Elizabeth II has the unwavering love of her loyal countrymen. Now, let’s take a look at Her Majesty’s childhood days, which, according to many, she looks back to with fond memories.

4 Interesting Things You Should Know About Clarence House

Since the time when King William IV was the Duke of Clarence in the 1820s until today, Clarence House has served as a favored royal residence to members of the British Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II onced lived here and the popular Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother called Clarence House home after King George VI died, while Prince Charles calls this his home since 2002. Here are some interesting things that you should know about Clarence House.
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