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Today in Royalty: June 28

Today in royalty….

King Henry VIII of England was born at Greenwich Palace in 1491. He is remembered to this day for his controversial six marriages and the break of the Church of England from papal authority. He has been described as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the English throne".
Princess Mary, the second-youngest daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was married to Friedrich II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel in 1740. The marriage, which produced three children, was unhappy and Mary became a victim of spousal abuse.
Sophia Dorothea, Queen-Consort of King Friedrich I of Prussia and daughter of King George II of Great Britain, died atMonbijou Palace in Berlin in 1757. She was popular in Prussia and was hailed for her grace and refined manner.
Caroline Amalie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg was born in 1796. She was the second wife of King Christian VIII of Denmark.
Queen Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and …

16 Interesting Facts about St. James’s Palace

St. James's Palace in the City of Westminster is known as the most senior of all the royal palaces in the United Kingdom. Steep in history, it is the ceremonial meeting place of the Accession Council and the London residence of several members of the British Royal Family. Let's get to know more about this historic royal residence!

1. The Tudor style palace was constructed by Henry VII between 1531 and 1536 in order to serve as his “escape” residence from state duties.
2. Previously standing on the site was a hospital for women lepers, dedicated to Saint James The Less.
3. The Palace was mainly built out of red bricks, and though they do not cost a fortune these days, only the wealthy could afford to use bricks for their homes during that time.
4. It is the oldest royal palace in the whole of United Kingdom.
5. Aside from being the most senior palace, St. James’s Palace is still the official residence of the Sovereign, although since 1837, Buckingham Palace became the principa…

Today in Royalty: June 27

Today in royalty...

King Louis XII of France was born in 1462. uled as King of France from 1498 to 1515 and King of Naples from 1501 to 1504. A popular king, Louis was proclaimed "Father of the People" in 1506 by the Estates-General of Tours for his reduction of the tax known as taille, legal reforms, and civil peace within France.

King Louis XII of France was born in 1550. His reign from 1560-1574 was strongly influenced by her mother, Catherine de Medici . While peace between the Catholics and Protestants initially came into the kingdom, he eventually persecuted the Huguenots following the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

In 1889, Princess Louise of Wales (later Princess Royal) married Alexander Duff, 6th Earl Fife, at the Prival Chapel, Buckingham Palace. She was the oldest daughter of the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Queen Victoria eventually created the earl as 1st Duke of Fife. They had two daughters: Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife and Princess …

Today in Royalty: June 26

Today in royalty…
Anne Catherine of Brandenburg was born in 1575. She went on to become Queen of Denmark as the first wife of King Christian IV, from 1597 until her death in 1612. While little remains known of her today, she is best remembered for her modesty and strong faith.
Johan Josef I, Prince of Liechtenstein, was born in 1760. He ruled over the tiny principality from 1760 until 1736 and was known as the last Prince of Liechtenstein under the Holy Roman Empire.
The infamous King George IV, died in 1830. He served as Prince Regent when his father, King George III, suffered his final bout with mental illness, and reigned from 1820 until his death. Known as "the first gentleman of Europe" for his charm and refined culture, he was nevertheless notorious for his extravagant lifestyle.
Mercedes, Queen of Spain, died in 1872. She was the only daughter of Antoine of Orleans, Duke of Montpensier and Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain. The first wife of King Alfonso XII, she was…

15 Interesting Facts about Frogmore House

1. Frogmore was first constructed in 1680 after Charles II employed architect Hugh May to design a house for tenant’s Thomas May (the latter’s nephew) and Anne Aldworth. It was finished four years later (1684). 2. It once became the covert residence of Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, the mistress of King Charles II, and their illegitimate child George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland. 3. The house had been leased to crown tenants for hundreds of years until King George III bought the abode as a gift for his wife Queen Charlotte in 1792. It has been considered as Crown property since. 4. Frogmore used to be a retreat place for all of Queen Charlotte’s unmarried daughters. The ladies would enjoy doing recreational activities like needlework, painting, japanning, drawing, as well as “botanizing” as their mother had a penchant for plants and flowers. 5.Situated on the west side of the gardens is the Italian inspired mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The former person…

11 of the Most Romantic Things Prince Harry Ever Said About Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

It was love at first sight…
"When did I know she was 'The One?' The very first time we met."
It was a rather swift fall…
“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”
On always choosing each other…
“I know that I’m in love with this girl and I hope that she’s in love with me. But we still had to sit down on the sofa and have some pretty frank conversations with her to say, ‘What you’re letting yourself in for, it’s a big deal. It’s not easy for anybody.’ I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me, and I choose her. And therefore, whatever we have to tackle together, or individually, it’ll always be us together as a team.”
On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being a “fantastic support” to him and Meghan…
"It was exciting! I'd been seeing her for …

12 Most Haunted Castles in the World

Castles of yesteryears never fail to charm us with their rich history, amazing architecture and romantic appeal. But did you know that some of these castles are also haunted? Let’s check out the world’s most haunted castles!

Larnach Castle (Dunedin, New Zealand)
It was originally built for and served as the official residence of then local politician William Lanarch. Inside it is the infamous ballroom that measures 3,000 square feet—a gift for her daughter Kate’s 21st birthday. Sadly, Mr. Lanarch’s favorite child died of typhoid at the age of 26. It has been said that the young lady’s ghost continues to haunt the place.
Moosham Castle (Salzburg, Austria)
The medieval castle bore witness to the death of 139 people, who were executed during the infamous Zaubererjacki witch trials that took place from 1975 to 1690. These suspected witches had their hands marked with burning iron and eventually cut off before they were either hanged or decapitated. Visitors and staff have claimed to seeing …

25 Interesting Facts about Prince William

1. He was born at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital at 9:03 PM, the first time an heir to the throne was born outside of the Buckingham Palace.

2. His parents affectionately called him “Wombat” as a child. The press, however, would call him “Wills”.
3. Since birth, he has been second to his father, Prince Charles, in the line of succession to the British throne.
4. Having been delivered by the late Princess Diana on Midsummer’s Eve, he is considered a solstice baby. This, according to astrological experts, means he is inspirational and romantic.
5. He was merely nine months old when he made his first trip overseas, accompanying his parents to an official visit to New Zealand and Australia back in 1983.
6. Prince William graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews with a degree in Geography. He initially took Art History, where he met his then future wife, Kate.
7. The news of Prince William attending University of St. Andrews caused an increase in application amongst young women who we…

Royals stand out in this year’s Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot is another glittering event highly anticipated both by horseracing enthusiasts and, well, anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family. The five-day horse race is actually one the biggest society events of the year in the UK and it’s been going around since 1711.
The 2018 Royal Ascot has seen yet again Her Majesty with her timeless fashion sense. She was dressed in a bright yellow outfit while heading the carriage procession as Royal Ascot kicked off.However, she came without Prince Philip and is, instead the Queen is joined by the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey. The Princess Royal looked delighted following the birth of her fourth granddaughter.

Here’s the complete carriage list of the royal who joined in this year’s Royal Ascot: First Carriage—The Queen, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey; Second Carriage—The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York; Third Carriage—The Duk…

8 Books to Read About Harry and Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s love story definitely captivated our hearts! Reading about their lives will enchant us even more—so, here are eight books that will bring you closer to this favorite royal couple.
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love

Author Katie Nicholl brings to light the life of Prince Harry, focusing on his relationship with his family especially his late mother Diana, how he coped with his distressed youth, and his whirlwind love story with Meghan. The book features real accounts from the prince’s family as well as of those who have closely worked with him. Available on Amazon.
Harry & Meghan: The Love Story

Emily Herbert goes into the depths of Harry’s and Meghan’s “unconventional” relationship, with the former promising to protect his then girlfriend at all cost. Available on Amazon.
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess

From critically-acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton, the author of the bestselling Diana: Her True Story, comes yet another “juicy” masterpiece chronicling the …

Highlights of Trooping the Colour 2018

While Trooping the Colourone of the most anticipated events in London in celebration of The Queen’s official birthday, this year’s event has had many firsts, which makes it quite memorable.Here are the highlights. The Queen Traveled Alone

The Queen, however, was alone in her carriage this year as her husband Prince Philip was not able to attend the event due to a recent hip surgery. The Queen looked regal in a powder-blue number and a matching hat embellished with flowers. The Queen did not put on her sunglasses, which she would normally wear after undergoing an eye surgery that removed her cataract just a month ago The Duchess of Sussex makes her debut Having only married Prince Harry last May 19, this year’s Trooping the Colour marked the first time that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined in the carriage procession and joined in the traditional balcony appearance. The Duchess of Kent makes her surprise appearance

The Duchess of Kent, long retired from public duty, has graced her presenc…

As Prince Philip turns 97, he quietly slips away from the public eye

Prince Philip turned 97 recently, but we didn't hear grand celebration. After all he’s retired from public duties and has quietly slipped away through his retirement.Even during his active years, the Duke wasn’t keen on celebrating his big day and would rather maintain a round of royal engagements. His absence in the recent Trooping the Colour ceremony, where The Queen was seen travelling alone down the Mall, was picked by the press and netizens.But for a man who has freed himself from the hectic pace of public service, we can expect the prince to be comfortably seated in one of the rooms at Buckingham Palace and quietly watching the ceremony on television.
Prince Philip’s retirement was announced May last year, performing royal functions and attending invitations until August.  Until then, he was one of the busiest members of the Royal Family, carrying out a huge number of engagements in support of The Queen.  To date, he has carried out a total of 21, 191 solo engagements and de…

7 Interesting Facts About York Cottage in Sandringham

York Cottage is one of the many houses in the grounds of the Royal Family’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The house, which is just a short walk from Sandringham House, was recently placed under the spotlight after it was reported that Queen Elizabeth II has gifted it to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. If ever the couple finally decides to call this cottage their country home, the will follow the footsteps of the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, who lived here after his wedding to Princess Mary of Teck until he succeeded the throne in 1910. Read on the find out some interesting facts about York Cottage.

1. It was once called the “Bachelor’s Cottage”. It was originally constructed as Sandringham House’s overflow residence with the purpose of accommodating the estate’s male guests.
2. King Edward VII bestowed the cottage as a wedding gift to his son Prince George (the Duke of York and later King George V) and his wife, the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary), in 1893. It served as the c…
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