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Abdication rumours again, Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee, new information about King George III, Swedish royal news and Prince Albert’s plans for his mother’s old home.

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Abdication Rumours Again!

It’s business as usual for Denmark’s Queen Margrethe this week with a state visit and attending a Museum exhibition opening.

Queen Margrethe II gives her New Year’s Address on 31 December 2016

Queen Margrethe still has no plans to abdicate despite the usual claims by women’s magazines.

Queen Elizabeth II Sapphire Jubilee

The Queen breaks another record as she passes another milestone on Monday, 6 February 2017, with the 65th anniversary of her accession.

Find out why this is not a cause for celebration in our show.

Georgian Papers Programme

Great news for historians and researchers specialising in the Georgian era of British history, as 33,000 papers have gone online, mostly covering George III’s reign from 1760 to 1820.

George III by Allan Ramsay, 1762

A new BBC2 documentary, George III – The Genius of The Mad King, sheds new light about Australia’s first (and America’s last) King.

Secret instructions to Captain James Cook
Credit: Royal Archives / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Visit the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) for more details.

Lund University and Angela Merkel

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia participated in celebrations at Lund University and had an audience with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel during a state visit.

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Royal Palace, 31 January 2017

The Swedish Royal Court also released new photos of Crown Princess Victoria’s family.

Grace Kelly Home News

Hear about Prince Albert II of Monaco’s plans for his mother’s childhood home in Philadelphia, after some repairs, before it is opened to the public in 2018.

Prince Albert II of Monaco. Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au [CC BY 3.0 au (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Find out more about the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and the Princess Grace Irish Library whose branches will be based in Grace Kelly’s childhood home.