A Highly Convenient Match: Thomas of Clarence & Margaret Holland


On March 16, 1410, John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset passed away at the Hospital of St Katherine’s near the Tower of London. Half-brother to King Henry IV, he was the eldest son born from the union of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and his third wife, Katherine Swynford. He left behind a widow, Margaret Holland, Countess of Somerset, and six children who spanned the ages (roughly) of nine to infancy. His parents already deceased, the protection of John’s heirs and the success of the Beaufort name fell to his two younger brothers, Henry and Thomas Beaufort, who had already forged successful careers in the Church and military, respectively, and were deeply enmeshed in the King’s government.

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Kate v. Meghan (Except Not At All)


Back in the 1980s the relationship between the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York kept the tabloids churning – one day they were friends and fellow “outsiders,” while the next they were pitted against one another in an unflattering compare and contrast. Thus far, the media itself hasn’t been so bad on this front with the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex – instead, it’s been from onlookers who usually like or dislike one or the other. The only offshoot of this conversation that has really gathered moss is the idea that Meghan will make Kate look bad because she’s more approachable to media and has a better work ethic.

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Kate Takes George & Charlotte to the Houghton Hall Horse Trials

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Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge was snapped with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials (image courtesy of Ellie Oliver on Twitter) . It’s a good sign that the Cambridges are spending time at Anmer Hall in Norfolk at the moment since George’s school is currently on break.

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The Glorious Revolution

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In March 1688, Queen Mary Beatrice was six months pregnant, raising the possibility that she would produce a Catholic son and heir for her husband, James II. By then, James had sat on the throne for a little over three years, his Catholicism barely tolerated by the majority of his government and the English people on the grounds that his heir was his Protestant daughter, Mary, who was married to the equally Protestant Prince William of Orange.

Worried about what the birth of a prince would mean politically, three Englishmen – Arthur Herbert and William and Edward Russell – traveled to The Hague and proposed to William of Orange that he “invade” England and “rescue” the country from the threat of papacy. On June 10, the Queen delivered a healthy son and on June 30, Herbert again arrived in Holland, this time with the Earls of Devonshire, Danby and Shrewsbury, Richard Lumley, Edward Russell, Henry Sidney and Dr Compton, Bishop of London, to request that William “save” them.

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Royal Roundup: William’s Middle Eastern Tour Set, Meghan’s Coat of Arms & George on a Pony


In the future, I would really love it if the House of Windsor didn’t release a bunch of new information after I’ve already scheduled a weekly roundup. But instead of posting updates yesterday I just decided to pull together a separate post for everything that hit Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Continue reading “Royal Roundup: William’s Middle Eastern Tour Set, Meghan’s Coat of Arms & George on a Pony”

Royal Roundup: Manchester, Kate’s Letter & the DoE Garden Party

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Royal news was dominated this week by the wedding afterglow and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first engagement as a married couple on Tuesday. Even so, there was actually a good bit activity from other members of the Royal family, so I’ve decided to wrap it up here!

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When Kensington Palace Was a Prison: The Upbringing of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria (1819-1901), when Princess

On January 23, 1820 Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent, died prematurely at the age of 52. He was followed to the grave just six days later by his father, George III, who had been mentally incapacitated for years. At just seven months old, the then-Princess Victoria of Kent became third-in-line to the throne following her uncles, King George IV and Princes Frederick, Duke of York and William, the Duke of Clarence. All three were childless.

Her mother, Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, found herself at the age of 34 twice-widowed and the mother of three children, one of whom she was responsible for molding into a future British monarch. She herself was German – indeed, at the time of her second husband’s death she had not yet fully mastered the English language.

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Harry & Meghan Attend Palace Garden Party Honoring Charles

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Just three days after getting married, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out their first  engagement. This afternoon they joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for a garden party at Buckingham Palace honoring the Prince’s work with his patronages as part of an elongated celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday.

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Harry & Meghan’s Wedding Photos Are Released


Kensington Palace released three pictures from Saturday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their wedding party and immediate family, while sharing the following message:

“The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their Wedding.

“They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”

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