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While it is almost certain that Crown Prince Hussein, who graduated from Georgetown last year, will study at Sandhurst as per the family traditional, there wasn’t any official confirmation. His mother Queen Rania just confirmed this with a family picture on her Instagram

“Beaming and proud as any parent would be- with Hussein at company dinner night at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst”

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27/03/2017 Argentina State Visit to the Netherlands day 1.

King Willem-Alexander, queen Máxima, president Macri and first lady Juliana Awada attend to the state banquet.

Queen Máxima wears a gown by Jan Taminiau (she wore for first time during her brother Juan’s wedding).
Máxima with the diamond bandeau tiara and necklace from Dutch diamond parure, the favourite of queen Juliana.

Photos: Rick Evers vía Twitter/ Vorsten

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King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada are on a two day state visit to the Netherlands from Argentina on March 27, 2017. The Argentine couple were welcomed with an official ceremony at The Royal Palace. Afterwards, Queen Maxima, President Mauricio, and Juliana visited the Anne Frank House.  Then King Willem-Alexander met back up with them to visit the Hockey Clinics in the Beurs van Berlage.

Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

When a King is Really a Queen 3/4

Oliver Queen writes romantic suspense novels under the name Olivia King on his way to reveal his true identity he meets one of Olivia King’s biggest fans, Felicity Smoak, and she is not very happy.

This is based on the Hallmark Movie “A Novel Romance.”  I’m writing as a bit of a love letter to all the amazing romance writers that bring me happy. I so hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for all the amazing feedback on this story! I am beyond flattered and it really does motivate me to write :)

Also available to read on AO3.

Thanks so much to @almondblossomme for her proofing and constant support!


                                                    Chapter 3

Felicity hung up the phone with Donna as she arrived at the store. She had convinced her mom to give Quentin a chance to explain before writing him off. He’s a good guy and talking would be good. She really hoped it all worked out.


She opened the door the shop with her mother still her mind and heard “Oh no! It didn’t go well? What happened? Is Moira Queen still helping?” Caitlin rushed toward her.


Felicity looked confused for a moment. “Yes! So, sorry for the confusion. Everything went well with Moira, she had lots of great ideas and I can’t wait to tell you about them. Oliver ended up joining us…and…” Felicity blushed.


“AND??” Caitlin hinted.


“And he asked me out to dinner?” Felicity smiled like she was in on some special secret.


“On a date, date?” the excitement was evident in Caitlin’s voice.


“Yes, a date, date” Felicity practically squeed in delight.

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ELIZABETH THE FIRST (QUEEN OF ENGLAND) (17 November 1558 – 24 March 1603)

Elizabeth was born at Greenwich Palace and was named after both her grandmothers, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Howard. She was the second child of Henry VIII of England born in wedlock to survive infancy. Her mother was Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. At birth, Elizabeth was the heir presumptive to the throne of England. Her older half-sister, Mary, had lost her position as a legitimate heir when Henry annulled his marriage to Mary’s mother, Catherine of Aragon, to marry Anne, with the intent to sire a male heir and ensure the Tudor succession. She was baptised on 10 September; Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the Marquess of Exeter, the Duchess of Norfolk and the Dowager Marchioness of Dorset stood as her godparents.

Elizabeth was two years and eight months old when her mother was beheaded on 19 May 1536, four months after Catherine of Aragon’s death from natural causes. Elizabeth was declared illegitimate and deprived of her place in the royal succession. Eleven days after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Henry married Jane Seymour, who died shortly after the birth of their son, Prince Edward, in 1537. From his birth, Edward was undisputed heir apparent to the throne. Elizabeth was placed in his household and carried the chrisom, or baptismal cloth, at his christening.

Elizabeth’s first governess (or Lady Mistress), Margaret Bryan, wrote that she was “as toward a child and as gentle of conditions as ever I knew any in my life”. By the autumn of 1537, Elizabeth was in the care of Blanche Herbert, Lady Troy, who remained her Lady Mistress until her retirement in late 1545 or early 1546. Catherine Champernowne, better known by her later, married name of Catherine “Kat” Ashley, was appointed as Elizabeth’s governess in 1537, and she remained Elizabeth’s friend until her death in 1565, when Blanche Parry succeeded her as Chief Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber. Champernowne taught Elizabeth four languages: French, Flemish, Italian and Spanish. By the time William Grindal became her tutor in 1544, Elizabeth could write English, Latin, and Italian. Under Grindal, a talented and skilful tutor, she also progressed in French and Greek. After Grindal died in 1548, Elizabeth received her education under Roger Ascham, a sympathetic teacher who believed that learning should be engaging.

By the time her formal education ended in 1550, Elizabeth was one of the best educated women of her generation. At the end of her life, Elizabeth was also believed to speak Welsh, Cornish, Scottish and Irish in addition to the languages mentioned above. The Venetian ambassador stated in 1603 that she “possessed [these] languages so thoroughly that each appeared to be her native tongue”. Historian Mark Stoyle suggests that she was probably taught Cornish by William Killigrew, Groom of the Privy Chamber and later Chamberlain of the Exchequer.