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The King Who Threw Away His Crown

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 24, 2020 12:49:17 AM


On this day (10th December) 1936, Edward VIII gave up his throne. After the state refused to allow him to marry the twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson, he chose love over duty and became the first King to do so since the Roman Catholic James II fled the realm in 1688.

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Topics: Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, Abdication

Secret Photos of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 24, 2020 12:46:48 AM


While the story of Edward VIII’s abdication and marriage to Wallis Simpson is well known, less is understood about their private lives. Until, that is, a number of the pair’s photo albums came to light. This intimate documentary reveals photos never previously seen by the public and ones that show a softer side to the famous and often derided pair.
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Topics: Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson

Royal News Round Up – 14th December

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 7:17:49 PM


With Christmas just around the corner, the Royals have been out spreading festive cheer. From Christmas-themed children’s workshops to a very seasonal visit to a donkey charity, we highlight the Royals’ activities in the past week.

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Topics: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Camilla

Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm

Posted by Dan Struthers on Oct 23, 2020 7:13:45 PM


Serving the Royals, this week’s pick from Jessica Fellowes, journalist, novelist and author of several Downton Abbey companion books, offers an exclusive insight into the men and women who served the Royal Family.

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Topics: The Queen, Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace

Royal News Round Up – 20th December

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 7:11:18 PM


The final week before Christmas saw Royal duties take on an almost uniformly festive flavour – but there have nevertheless been a few surprises in the Royal calendar. From audio advent calendars to Christmas cards, and one Royal opting to miss out on a Boxing Day tradition, we take a look at the last seven days in the life of the Royals.

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Topics: Meghan Markle, The Queen, Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry

Royal Upstairs Downstairs: Hosting Queen Victoria

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 7:06:49 PM


This week’s pick from author of ‘The World of Downton Abbey’ Jessica Fellowes is a topic she is a bit of an expert on: Royal Upstairs Downstairs.

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Topics: Queen Victoria

Royal News Round Up – 3rd January

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 7:04:55 PM


With 2018 heralding the union of two newly-married royal couples, the arrival of two Royal babies and the announcement that a third is on the way, Christmas for the Royals was spent indulging in family time and festivities. From breaking a Royal Christmas tradition, to acts of remembrance and honour, we recap what The Royals have been up to over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Princesses of the World

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 7:00:22 PM


From Diana to Grace Kelly to the Princesses of Sweden, the life of a modern-day princess isn’t always as glamorous as it seems; many have had to make great sacrifices on the altar of their regal reputations.

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Royal Moments: When Henry VIII Wrestled the King of France

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 6:58:32 PM


Wrestling today is very much seen as a sport for the masses, but in the 16th century – during the reign of King Henry the VIII of England – there was one spectacularly royal wrestling match that became an unexpected and highly extravagant focal point of international diplomacy.

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Royal Scandals: Murder, Hidden Children, Divorces and Secret Photos

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 23, 2020 6:57:11 PM


This week’s Pick of The Week from Jessica Fellowes, journalist and author of ‘The World of Downton Abbey’, previews a documentary that looks into those incidents of drama and dishonour that have rocked – and sometimes even jeopardised – the monarchy throughout history.

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