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Nottingham Cottage: Once a Royal Nanny’s Abode, Now a Cosy Royal Starter Home

Nottingham Cottage inside the Kensington Palace grounds is not your ordinary cottage.  Yes, it is the smallest royal residence you could imagine, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lived here while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge once called this their home until they moved to the palace's more spacious Apartment 1A. By royal standards, Nottingham Cottage is quaint, a far cry from the usual, grand residence afforded to a royal of Prince Harry’s standing. But with two successive princes moving in, this cottage, once given to Queen Elizabeth II's nanny, is the ultimate royal starter home. When Marion Crawford, the Queen's Scottish governess, retired in 1948, King George VI gave this to her as her grace and favour home for life.

Designed by Christopher Wren, the cottage was home to a success of royal servants. Crawford wrote that “it had got to London quite by mistake from some distant country place.” The red brick home “with a tiled roof and roses round the door” has “a l…

Chatsworth House is Worth Your Visit!

One of the most recognizable stately homes in England is Chatsworth House, the seat of the Dukes of Cavendish, and home to the Cavendish family since the mid-16th century.

atsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
There are over 30 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

The Painted Hall is the house's top attraction. The 6th Duke had another opportunity to welcome Victoria in 1843 when the Queen and Prince Albert returned to be entertained by a large array of illuminated fountains. The D…

3 Books to Read about Meghan Markle

The royal wedding fever is on! Surely, you’d love to get to know more the life and colorful Hollywood career of Meghan Markle. So, check out this list of three interesting books that would definitely make you love Meghan Markle even more. 

Meghan: A Hollywood Princes by Andrew Morton

Andrew Morton, the New York Times bestselling author of Diana: Her True Story, offers us yet another interesting read. This revealing book gives us a glimpse of the juicy and inspiring biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince Harry's heart.
Check out the book here

American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by Leslie Caroll

This books takes us into the life of Meghan Markle and her love story with Prince Harry. This delightful book is stuffed withbehind-the-scene insights not only about Meghan, but also about the Royal Family.
Check out the book here.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - The Wedding Album by Robert Jobson

Robert Jobson gives us a colorful loo…

14 Fearlessly Sassy Quotes from Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Princess Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, was Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister. Admired for her beauty and glamour, she nevertheless drew the attention of the media for the struggles and controversies of her personal life. Nevertheless, it could be said that for all her misgivings, the princess had lived life the way she wanted it.  Let us draw some inspiration from one of the Royal Family's most colorful figures.

1. On what makes her truly happy… “Disobedience is my joy!”

2. On being the “wicked” sister… "It was inevitable, when there are two sisters and one is the Queen, who must be the source of honour and all that is good, while the other must be the focus of the most creative malice, the evil sister."
3. More on her being the “evil” sibling… “When my sister and I were growing up, she was made out to be the goody-goody one. That was boring, so the press tried to make out that I was as wicked as hell.”
4. On what she would never, ever tell anyone… “I have no…

101 Things You Need to Know About Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, was well-loved not only by the Britons but also by millions of people around the world. She injected a breath of fresh air to the Royal Family and her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 was watched by an unprecedented 750 million! But what endeared her more to the masses is her active campaign against landmines and humanitarian advocacy to help people affected with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental illness. We've scoured books and articles to bring you these 101 facts about the unforgettable "Princess" Diana, Queen of Hearts. 
1. Diana Frances Spencer was born in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk on July 1, 1961.
2. She was the fourth of five children of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp.
3. She came at a time when her parents badly wanted an heir—a son. The couple’s third child, a boy named John, unfortunately succumbed to death just ten hours after he was born.
4. She was baptized at Sandringham…

15 Interesting Details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Highly Anticipated Wedding

The biggest royal wedding of the year is just days away and every royal follower is tuned in for this fabulously fairy tale gathering that welcomes celebrities, royalties, and everyone close to the couple's hearts. So, what do you need to know about this wedding?

1. The wedding will take place on May 19, British noon time.

2. The couple will exchange vows inside Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, a rather intimate location if compared to Prince William’s and Kate’s wedding venue that is the Westminster Abbey.
3. About 600 guests—to whom the invitations had already been sent last March 22—are expected to attend the Royal Wedding.
4. A good 2,640 of the British public have also been invited to grace the event. This group is comprised of Royal Households and Crown Estate members, folks from the Windsor Castle community, local school pupils, representatives from charities and organizations supported by Meghan and Prince Harry, as well as selected citizens from all over United Kingdo…

The Struggles and Devotion of Empress Maria Anna

When Maria Anna of Savoy married King Ferdinand V of Hungary, she knew the difficulties she would have to endure, not only of becoming the consort of the unpopular Habsburg ruler, but more so because of the condition of the groom. Ferdinand was reviled for his feeble-mindedness and incapacity to rule primarily because he was epileptic. So terrible was his condition that he suffered from as much as twenty seizures a day!
On February 12, 1831, Maria Anna and Ferdinand married by procuration in Turin, Italy. Fifteen days later, they were married in person in Vienna. Alas, Ferdinand’s condition prevented the couple from having a child. Once when they tried to consummate their marriage, he suffered from five seizures.
In 1835, Ferdinand succeeded his father as Emperor of Austria with Anna Maria as the new empress-consort. But Ferdinand was a ruler in name only. A council composed of his uncle, Archduke Louis, Count Kolowrat and Prince Metternich, managed the government's day-to-day a…

22 Times Princess Margaret Fascinated and Shocked the World

A few years ago, we have published 10 interesting facts about Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and it seems the short article wasn’t enough to describe the princess’ colorful yet tragic life. So, here we have compiled 22 fascinating and not-so-fascinating facts about Her Royal Highness that truly make her a character that's larger than life.

1. She was a comic. She loves telling jokes and making people laugh. At dinner parties, she would often do imitations. As a child, she would stuff workers’ shoes with acorns, and would put sticky lime balls in the pockets of equerries.
2. She and Elizabeth Taylor were not enemies but they were absolutely not friends. History tells the former would usually offend the actress during dinner parties. One time, Margaret was heard telling Elizabeth that the latter’s 33.19-carat Krupp diamond ring—which Richard Burton gave her—was “vulgar.”
3. She would have breakfast in bed at 9 A.M. Afterwards, she would spend a full two hours listening to the r…
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