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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 15

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 15

Forged in the ashes of the Wars of the Roses, the fledgling Tudor dynasty had everything to gain from taking the English crown – but first, Henry VII needed to prove his worth. While taking his slain enemy’s daughter as his wife appeased some, he needed something more concrete to legitimise his claim – and he soon fell upon the legend of King Arthur. Over on page 14, we reveal how Henry VII turned fantasy into reality to seal his seat on the English throne. Upon Henry VII’s death, the crown passed to his second-born son, the notorious Henry VIII. Defying his dead father’s wishes, he married his brother’s widow and transformed the Tudor court. Yet with his reign came the promise of war. As Henry marched into battle in France,…

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Harry Cunningham Regular contributor Harry returns again this issue to unveil the tragic case of an Empress driven to madness by grief • Turn to p64 to learn more about Carlota Greg King Specialising in the Romanovs, historian Greg pulls back the mask on Natalie Paley’s glamorous life to reveal a traumatic past… • Go to p36 for more on the Princess socialite Kathryn Warner In this issue’s interview, we speak to Kathryn Warner, whose latest book, Long Live The King, questions the mystery of Edward II’s death • Read this issue’s author interview over on p94 June Woolerton June returns again this issue to chart the reigning monarchs of the Principality of Monaco and their glamorous roots • Go to p45 to discover the House of Grimaldi Catherine Curzon With her brand new book on the Georgian kings on sale now, Catherine…

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memorial garden for diana open to the public

“Many visitors have stopped to share their memories of Diana. We hope our garden captures her energy and spirit” Dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, a new garden has opened at Kensington Palace. Titled the White Garden, the temporary spring feature includes a mixture of white blossoms, including tulips, scented hyacinths and daffodils, along with the Princess’s favourite, white Forget-Me-Nots. Envisioned by Sean Harkin, head gardener at Kensington Palace, he explains: “My team and I have been planning this display for over a year, and we’re thrilled it’s now blossoming and ready for the public to visit and enjoy. As we’ve been working in the garden, many of our palace visitors have stopped to talk to us and share their own memories of Diana. We hope that our garden captures…

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upcoming events

Constable & McTaggart: A Meeting of Two Masterpieces 8 Apr 2017 – 25 Mar 2018 www.nationalgalleries.org Following the acquisition of John Constable’s 1831 Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows by the Tate, the artwork has gone on display in a cutting-edge exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery. Inspiring the works of William McTaggart – known as the father of Scottish painting – Constable’s work is shown alongside McTaggart’s in an attempt to explore the development of the latter artist in relation to the works of the former. Splendours of the Subcontinent 11 March – 18 June www.royalcollection.org.uk Beginning at Cartwright Hall in Bradford, 'Splendours of the Subcontinent' will be going on tour throughout the UK. Telling the story of the Prince of Wales’s 1875 tour of the Indian subcontinent, the exhibit will display some of the…

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victoria’s battle for privacy over leaked family albums

Centuries before the hacking fiascos of our generation, Victoria almost became a victim of leaked private family albums. In a new exhibition dedicated to Queen Victoria’s experiences at Harewood House, Yorkshire, an album of 75 personal etchings made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert featuring their family, pets and each other is being exhibited for the first time. Taught to paint by legendary artists Edwin Landseer and George Hayter, the royal couple would spend many happy hours together etching and painting. In the unique album that’s on show, visitors will receive an intimate insight into the royal family’s life, each with handwritten annotations by Queen Victoria. Yet these very etchings were the subject of one of Britain’s most decisive legal trials. In 1848, journalist Jasper Judge got hold of copies of…

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a month in european history december 1936

Abdication crisis 11 December, United Kingdom In one of the most scandalous royal events of the past 100 years, Edward VIII uses his last act as King to abdicate from the British throne. The renegade King, always frustrated with the office he was thrust into, followed his heart's desire to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson – but her lower social standing stopped Edward from being able to marry her while he held the throne. The King is Dead 11 December, Republic of Ireland The 27th amendment is made to the Constitution of the Irish Free State. This change eliminates the King's constitutional role from government, removes references to the office from official documents and delegates all the monarch's duties to other government figures. Contradictory wording in the 1937 Constitution of Ireland, however, means that the…