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Alice of Albany

Windsor Castle – A phoenix from the ashes

Windsor Castle is a royal residence – one of Queen Elizabeth II’s three official residences –  and the original castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It has been added to over the centuries and was the scene of some historical events. Some keys events concerning royal women Births: Matilda of [read more]

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Anne Neville

Royal Ladies of the Garter

“Honi soit qui mal y pense” (“Shame on him who thinks evil of it.”) The Most Noble Order of the Garter was founded in 1348 by King Edward III and is the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honour. Soon after its founding women were appointed “Ladies of the Garter” but they were [read more]

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Isabella of France

Queens Regent – Isabella of France

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Isabella of France was born around 1295 as the daughter of Philip IV of France and Joan I of Navarre. She was their only surviving daughter and all three her elder brothers later became Kings [read more]

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England

The black death and Joan of England

Joan of England was born in either 1333 or 1334 in the Tower of London to Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. In 1345 she was betrothed to Peter of Castile, and in the summer of 1348, Joan departed England with a heavily armed retinue. The fleet consisted of four English ships which departed from [read more]