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100 Years Ago – The Evacuation of the Russian Royal Family from the Crimea

Waiting for HMS Marlborough to set sail, Dagmar looks towards the Crimea for the last time. A guest post by Coryne Hall In November 1918 the armistice ended the First World War. The German army now had to evacuate the Crimea, which they had occupied since the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk earlier that year. King George V was now becoming extremely worried…

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The Murder of the Tsar and his Family, July 1918 Lessons for Us

By John Symons The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, was born one hundred and fifty years ago. One hundred years ago, on 17th July 1918, he, his wife and their five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks. With our constitutional monarchy, there are many lessons for us here. The last Tsar, Nicholas II and his family in 1914 Who can forget the scenes…

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Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare’s Gifts

To ask a group of Shakespeare lovers what it is that they love most in Shakespeare would be to raise a great hymn of praise and delight. Imagine then the crescendo we can expect on 23rd April 2016, when, as it seems, the whole world intends to mark his quatercentenary 400 years on. A great global party no less, uniting countless festivals, tributes, special…

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