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Queen Victoria’s Amazing Reign

by Whilst many parts of the world naturally refer to the 19th century in a way that reflects their own specific local histories, it is indisputably commonplace for many people to think of this era as the ‘Victorian’ age. The … Continue reading

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Britain: Land of Royal Hauntings

by Recent events to do with the British Royal Family suggest that being a royal is largely a matter of putting on extravagant weddings, introducing new babies to the media, posing for photographs for glossy magazines, or sometimes throwing lavish … Continue reading

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The Noble Naughtiness of the Marquis de Sade

by Most of us have probably heard of the Marquis de Sade. His name is synonymous with what we might call boudoir naughtiness, and likely conjures up visions of seductive stares from behind bejewelled masks, bustling and breathlessly busty ball-gowns, … Continue reading

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First Impressions Count: Dracula and Other Noble Bloodsuckers

by Mr. Dracula. Bob Dracula. Jim Dracula. No, they just don’t quite have the same ring as the name we all know and love: Count Dracula. For the countless numbers of us who’ve grown up simply taking it for granted … Continue reading

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Horse & Hound (& More): The Nobility and Sport

by In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Britain. Not only that, but in 2016, following the death of the previous record-holder, the king of Thailand, Elizabeth became the longest currently reigning monarch in … Continue reading

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Spreading the Love, Royal Style

by One of the more troubling eras for the British monarchy was as recent as the 1990s, when a great deal of global public attention became concentrated on the marital breakdown of the once-celebrated couple Prince Charles and Princess Diana. … Continue reading

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A Rough Guide to the UK Crown Jewels

by Ever since the dawn of civilisation, and perhaps before, gemstones and rare metals have held an especial fascination for human beings. Mostly this was because of their rarity, and the difficulty involved in locating and cutting them from the … Continue reading

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Who’s Who in the British Royal Family

by Mentioning the British royal family probably conjures an image of the Queen wearing a diamond-encrusted crown and jewel-beglittered dress, perhaps with the backdrop of a castle and some red-coated guards with big hats marching about. As a visitor to … Continue reading

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One Way to Get A Title: Marrying a Royal

by The word ‘aristocrat’ or ‘noble’ tends to summon up an image of someone with a long, proud family heritage behind them: visit their mansion, and the portrait over the fireplace is likely to be of their great-great-grandfather or someone … Continue reading

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Britain’s Wealthiest Aristos (And the Queen Isn’t One of Them)

by When we think of the British monarch, it’s unlikely that we envisage someone scraping the pennies together. We’re much more likely to have someone in mind who stands in the foreground of an enormous palace, next to a golden … Continue reading

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