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Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace was created in 1888 after quite some debate. The “Women’s Jubilee Offering” committee had been established in 1887 with the purpose of marking Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. With the Queen’s approval, an equestrian statue of Prince Albert was made for Windsor Great Park, but the contributions raised far outgrew the [read more]

Njinga of Angola

Review – African Queens: Njinga

From Netflix comes the African Queens series, and the first series focuses on Njinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba. Netflix describes it as “a new documentary series exploring the lives of prominent and iconic African Queens. The first season will cover the life of Njinga, the complex, captivating, and fearless 17th-century warrior queen of Ndongo [read more]

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Marie Antoinette

The flight to Varennes

As the situation spiralled out of control, a plan was hatched to allow the family to escape. Marie Antoinette told the Count of Mercy in early May, “Our situation here is frightful, in a way that those who do not have to endure it cannot hope to understand.” The plan was set in motion. The [read more]