The Last Plantagenet: Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

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The life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury is likely familiar to those who enjoy studying the Tudors, but for those who haven’t heard of her, it is a story that perfectly exemplifies several realities of life outside the very center of the Royal Family. Margaret was born a niece of a king and ended up the daughter of a traitor, the wife of an unknown entity and the mother of a papist in the middle of the reformation. She managed to survive until the third act of Henry VIII’s reign, but by then she stood for something else entirely as one of the last Plantagenets to have made it that far in Tudor England.

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Kate Makes a Surprise Visit to the Anna Freud Centre

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The Duchess of Cambridge turned up unexpectedly at the Head Start Learning conference today held by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Familes (AFCCF). Kate has been patron of the centre for a few years now and it aligns nicely with her focus on early intervention and childhood development. Reportedly, the visit wasn’t announced so that Kate could eschew media attention to focus on the conference itself, which included myriad speakers and presentations.

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George II & Caroline of Ansbach’s Hatred for Their Eldest Son

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Few dynamics within the Royal Family are as strange as that between the monarch and heir. Never was this more abundantly clear than when George I came over from Germany in 1714 and established the House of Hanover. From that day on, a reliable tension has nearly always existed and arguably strains of it have been felt as late as the 20th century. To-date, the most chilling example of it has to be the relationship between George II and Caroline of Ansbach with their eldest son, Frederick, the Prince of Wales.

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Kate’s With Place2Be for Her First Engagement of the Year

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This morning the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Reach Academy Feltham, a London school working with one of her charities, Place2Be. It marks her first engagement of 2018 and comes just one day after her 36th birthday. In addition to meeting schoolchildren who lined up outside (in the cold, no less) to greet her, Kate was given a tour of the school, met with staff and parents, sat in on an art class and took part in informal discussions with students participating in the program.

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Harry & Meghan Kick Off 2018 in Brixton

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This afternoon, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle carried out their second engagement as a couple in Brixton, south London with a tour of music station Reprezent 107.3 FM. Excited crowds gathered for hours outside to greet the pair, holding up homemade signs and cheering when they finally arrived.

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Princess Charlotte Starts Nursery School

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Well, this solves the mystery of when Princess Charlotte was meant to start nursery school. Today, apparently! Kensington Palace just released two photos of the two-year-old princess on her way to her first day of school. The photos were taken on the front steps of KP by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who dabbles in photography.

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The Sussex Marriages

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As all bets indicate that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be named the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they marry this May, it seems as good a time as any to look at the last prince to hold this title and the two rather memorable marriages he made. To-date this title has only had one creation, though its second has garnered speculation for years. There was discussion when the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, became engaged that the title would be bestowed on him at his wedding, and it came up again in the lead up to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, but the best intel has always said it was long ago set aside as Harry’s.

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Royal Roundup: W&K at Sandringham, H&M in Monaco & More Baby News

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Happy Sunday, everyone. After a week of straight history, I thought I’d round up some of the news that’s come in over the last several days before the year’s first engagements kick off. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were snapped walking to church at Sandringham with the Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen drives from the house).

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Poll Results: Kate’s Clothes in 2017

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The votes are in! A week out from our EOY poll on the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion in 2017, I wanted to share the results. It was fun to see everyone’s feedback and we captured quite the diversity of opinion, so thank you to those who took the time to cast their ballot. Enjoy the final picks below and come Wednesday we’ll have the first of our 2018 choices 🙂

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The Younger Brother & Almost King: Edmund Crouchback

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Royal history shows younger sons to be hit or miss. Some of them demonstrate commendable loyalty, but all too often there is resentment over losing the birth order lottery, scrapes with rebellion, ill-advised treks abroad in the hopes of finding glory or private lives that caused embarrassment. Edmund Croucback, Earl of Leicester and Lancaster was the good sort and his life and career demonstrated the ideals of Medieval brotherhood.

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