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King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII gave up the throne because he was in love.
He was King of England for only one year, 1936. After his abdication Edward VIII (1894-1972) was Duke of Windsor.
The eldest son of George, Duke of York, and his wife, Princess Mary of Tech, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on June 23, 1894, at Richmond Park, Surrey.
In order to prepare Prince Edward for his future responsibilities, his parents decided to have him trained for the Royal Navy. In 1907 he was sent to Osborne and from 1909 to 1911 attended the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
In 1911 he was invested as Prince of Wales in an impressive ceremony at Caernarvon Castle, Wales. In 1912 he was sent to Oxford to complete his education.
The eldest son of George V, Prince Edward (known to his family as David) was very popular with the British people.
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Winston Churchill – British prime minister

Winston Churchill - British prime minister

Winston Churchill – British prime minister

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was one of the greatest public speakers of his time and Nobel laureate for literature.
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, in Oxfordshire, England. He was the eldest son of Lord Randolph Churchill, a Tory Democrat who achieved early success as a rebel in his party. His mother was Jenny Jerome, the beautiful and talented daughter of Leonard Jerome, a New York businessman.
He studied at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
In 1895 Churchill entered the British Army. In 1899 he joined the Conservatives, a British political party. His political career began as a member of the House of Commons in 1900.
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Christopher Columbus – Great Traveler

Christopher Columbus – Great Traveler

Christopher Columbus – Great Traveler

People called him Cristoforo Colombo in Italian, Cristobal Colon in Spanish and today Americans call him Christopher Columbus. He is famous as the discoverer of America. To tell the truth, he wasn’t the first European to set foot in the Western Hemisphere. Historians believe that, in the fourteenth century, Portuguese and English fishing boats crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Newfoundland and Labrador. But only Columbus’s voyages resulted in permanent links between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
October 12, 1492 was a turning point in world history. On that day Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas.
The second Monday in October is Columbus Day in the USA. This day is also celebrated in Italy and in most Spanish-speaking countries. Columbus Day is also called the Landing Day or Discovery Day. The holiday often involves parades, patriotic speeches, and dramatizations of the landing.
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Henry VIII – ruler of England

Henry VIII by Hans Holbein

Henry VIII by Hans Holbein


Henry VIII had six wives and his private life influenced English political history. He got rid of the Catholic Church in England and made himself head of the new Church. He built the first modern navy, but spent his father’s fortune on foreign wars.
King Henry VIII was born in 1491. He was handsome, talented, and cruel. He was educated and spoke several languages, including Latin. He also studied philosophy, religion, and astronomy. He wrote prose and poetry. But his real passion was music. They say he wrote Greensleeves which is still one of the most popular folk songs in Britain.
Henry VIII loved luxury, balls, women and good food.
He was very cruel. When his friend, Thomas More, refused to recognize Henry as head of the Church of England, he was sent to prison and finally beheaded.
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Mystery of Cleo de Merode

Mystery of Cleo de Merode

Mystery of Cleo de Merode

Cleo de Merode was a French dancer, star of the Belle Epoque. Her name firmly established in the history of world culture. French dancer remembered not only for her choreographic skills. There were so many rumors about her personal life. Even after years it is difficult to understand where there is truth and where is fiction.
Her fate was always shrouded in mystery.
Her full name was Cleopatra Diane de Merode. She was born on September 27, 1875 in Paris. Cleo was the daughter of the Austrian landscape painter Karl Freiherr de Merode (1853-1909).
The girl graduated from the ballet school at the National Opera in Paris. She made her stage debut at the age of 11. At the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 she performed Cambodian dance. She danced at the Folies-Bergere and performed in Hamburg, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Budapest, and New York. Thanks to her rare beauty she was a favorite model of many painters, sculptors and photographers of the era.
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Elizabeth I – good queen Bess

Elizabeth I. Coronation

Elizabeth I. Coronation

Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603) is one of the most famous women in modern history. She is famous for her intelligence and power, her self-confidence, caution, vanity and thrift.
The Princess’s life was troubled from the day she was born. Henry VIII, her father, had changed the course of his country’s history, broken with the Catholic Church so that he could marry her mother, Ann Boleyn. He wanted to have an heir to the throne. The birth of a daughter disappointed him. When little Elizabeth was three years old her mother was executed, the girl was declared illegitimate and sent away from Court.
Henry married again. His next wife gave him a son, Edward, and died shortly afterwards.
Katherine Parr, Elizabeth’s stepmother, brought her and her half-sister Mary back to court. The girls got a very good education. They studied history, philosophy, mastered Latin, Greek, Italian and Spanish.
Elizabeth was 14 when her father died. Edward became a king. Very soon it was clear that Edward VII was seriously ill. The struggle for the crown began.
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