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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 12

From the Romanovs to the Windsors, History of Royals takes you behind the palace doors to discover the secrets, scandals, betrayals and bloodshed of some of the world’s most iconic royal families. Every issue of History of Royals is packed with incredible storytelling, fantastic photography, bespoke graphics, and world-beating research from the best historians in their field. What you’ll find every issue: • Famous Scandals: The love affairs, betrayals and conspiracies that brought down nations • Royal Residences: Explore the luxurious palaces that saw war, romance, murder and intrigue • Rulers at War: Discover the epic battles that made heroes of monarchs • Royal House: A dynasty in detail, from legendary founders to tragic fall

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welcome to issue 12

Few could have predicted the kind of king that George VI would become. A modest, unassuming man with simple tastes and an adversity to opulence, he seemed the very antithesis of what a king should be. Yet it was this humility that proved to be the making of the monarch. Within three years of his ascension to the throne, Britain was plunged headfirst into World War II. As his nation struggled, George VI suffered alongside them. While the people of Britain bore rationing, so too did their king. As London was devastated by air raids, the king resolved to stay in the city while bombs dropped around him. To his people, George VI became a symbol of resilience. On page 14, discover the brutal reality of George’s reign during WWII. As most…

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This issue’s featured historians include… Specialising in the Anglo-Saxons, the final volume of Edoardo’s historical fiction trilogy, Oswiu: King Of Kings, is available now. • Go to p52 for more on the Varangian guard Harry Cunningham Returning this issue, Harry delves into the world of Charles Edward Coburg, Hitler’s favourite royal. • Turn to p24 for more on the Nazi duke Jack Griffiths History specialist for How It Works magazine, this issue Jack explores the Spanish branch of the royal Bourbon dynasty. • Discover the Spanish monarchs on p41 Derek Wilson Bestselling historian and frequent contributor to History Of Royals, Derek questions the legacy of Sweden’s controversial queen. • Go to p60 for more on Christina of Sweden Richard Barber This issue, History Of Royals speaks to Richard Barber, whose latest release explores the forgotten splendour of Medieval festivals. • Head to p94 to…

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the latest news from around the world

Ambitious new Georgian Papers Programme sheds a more considered light on the most notorious of the Hanoverians “It is to be hoped we shall reap more advantages from their trade as friends than ever we could derive from them as Colonies” In the minds of many people, the 60-year reign of George III is dominated by two things: his ailing mental health and the loss of Britain’s American colonies in the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. The Declaration of Independence damns him as a “Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant,” but the Georgian Papers Programme reveals a far more complex and thoughtful character than the cliché of the blustering autocrat who denied the colonists their rights and prolonged the war. Established by King's College London and the…

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upcoming events

Until 23 April www.rammuseum.org.uk Victoria was a passionate collector of watercolours, which she collected to commemorate her travels. The first visit of a British monarch to Paris in 400 years was commemorated by a beautiful set of 40, 13 of which were a gift from Napoleon III. Now on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, more than half have never been exhibited before. Entry is free. The Allure of Napoleon Until 19 March www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Co. Durham’s Bowes Museum, a unique collection from the museum’s founders pays tribute to John and Joséphine Bowes’s fierce interest in the life of French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. On display are a range of prints, paintings, portraits and medals from the Battle of Waterloo, all of which reveal the rise and fall…

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napoleon’s steed returns to glory

The skeleton of Marengo has been restored for the National Army Museum’s re-opening A grey Arabian horse named after one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s earliest battlefield triumphs, Marengo bore the emperor to his victory over the Austrians and Russians at Austerlitz and to his defeat at the hands of the British-led Seventh Coalition at Waterloo. After his master’s trouncing, Marengo – who’d been wounded eight times in his 15-year ‘career’ – was captured and taken to England. When Marengo died in 1831 at the age of 38, his skeleton went on display at the Royal United Services Institute, before eventually winding up at the National Army Museum (NAM) in Chelsea, London. Now as part of a £23.75 million redevelopment, the Emperor’s steed has been painstakingly restored with help from the Natural History Museum. “Marengo's…

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royal wardrobe

Style tips from history’s royal trendsetters by Dr Alison Fairhurst of The Association of Dress Historians 01 Ostrich feathers and high hairstyle built up over pads of horsehair and wire frames 02 Fitted, boned bodice 03 Swagged overskirts similar to a polonaise 04 Silk shawl 05 Gold trim at the shoulder, a possible reference to the military themed fashion of the time 06 Elbow-length sleeves 07 White satin shoes with pointed toes, fashionable in the 1770s Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806) was the wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire. Her story has become well known through the 2008 film, The Duchess, and the fact that she was the great great great great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997). Like her, Georgiana was well known in her day as a woman of fashion and influence and held…