British Royalty FAQs
Other Royalty FAQs
I am the author of all the articles on this site EXCEPT syndicated news articles, which are clearly marked as being from other sources. I don't give out my real name online for security reasons, but my pen name is Cinderella.
The World of Royalty website started on April 17, 1998. At that time it was located at a different URL (on Geocities). The site moved to the Royalty.nu domain on February 15, 2001.
It's difficult to give exact publication dates for individual articles because they have evolved over time. This site is updated frequently, and what you read today might not be exactly what you read tomorrow. This is why, if you need a date for a bibliography, I suggest you give the date you retrieved the article, rather than trying to figure out when it first went online.
For fun. As you can probably tell by looking around this site, I love history and I love books. If you share my interests, this site is for you. And if you think history and reading are boring, I hope this site will change your mind.
Parents, teachers and librarians, please note: This site is intended for teens and adults only. I ask that you direct younger readers elsewhere.
This is probably due to a setting on your computer's browser. If you click a link and nothing happens, pop-ups are probably disabled on your browser. Enabling them should allow you to see the articles.
It's also possible that your computer has a firewall or other security program setting that is preventing you from seeing content. If you use Internet Explorer, try listing Royalty.nu as a trusted site and see if that fixes the problem.
Here is more info about viewing news articles published on the site. If all else fails, you can contact me and I will try to help you figure things out. (Keep in mind that some cell phones or other mobile devices will not be able to access all content on the site, especially video. This is due to current limitations of mobile devices.)
This is how I would suggest citing an article from this website in your bibliography (using the Cleopatra article as an example):
"Cleopatra, the Last Pharaoh." The World of Royalty website. Retrieved November 6, 2004 from http://www.royalty.nu/Africa/Egypt/Cleopatra.html
If you are writing a paper for school, this site should not be your only source. I've provided book lists and links to other sites that can help you do further research.
If your teacher has directed you to this site, you can (of course) be confident that he or she has checked it out and is satisfied with the information here. But I usually get this question from college students who are racing to finish important papers, and hope to use this site as a shortcut. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but that is not the purpose of this site.
Since I don't reveal my identity and don't list my sources, this site should not be your only source if you are doing serious research. You can use the site as a starting place, to help you understand your topic and develop your own theories and questions. You can double-check basic facts (names, dates, etc.) online; an encyclopedia is a good place to start (here's one). But for more in-depth information, you will probably need to visit a library.
No, I'm not trying to be sarcastic; I am serious. The Internet is wonderful, but it is not an endless fountain of free knowledge. Libraries are -- so make use of them. You can use the public library in your area for free. You can even check out books and take them home with you for a while (ask the librarian how you can get a library card). And if your local library doesn't have a book you need, you can ask the librarian to borrow it for you from another library; that's one of the wonderful things about libraries.
Unfortunately, I don't have the time and money to translate the site into other languages at this time. If you would like to read the site in another language, check out the Worldlinks page, where you will find links to free translation sites.
This varies. The record is, I believe, 46,900 unique visitors in a single day and 260,000+ in a single month. At times, page views have reached over 900,000 per month. For information on the site's current traffic and demograpics, see its Quantcast listing.
If it's an English-language book and it is available at Amazon.com or Alibris, send me an e-mail. If your book isn't published yet, I probably won't list it on this site until the month of publication, but I like hearing about books in advance.
If the book is not in English and/or not available at one of the above-mentioned sites, I'll consider it anyway, but no promises (I just don't have time and space to list everything).
Note: At this time I usually don't list books that are available as e-books only.
You can now search Royal Household records on the findmypast.co.uk website.
Or visit this page of the official British monarchy website for helpful information on tracing your family history. (See Question 18.)
According to the official British monarchy website, "The Queen sends congratulatory messages for Diamond, sixty-fifth and Platinum (seventieth) wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter, and for the one hundredth and one hundred and fifth birthdays and every year thereafter. These are sent only to citizens of The Queen's Realms or UK Overseas Territories." See the British monarchy site for more information.
Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
Some countries (such as Fiji and Ghana) are not monarchies, but officially recognize traditional indigenous rulers and may even give them a role in government.
In Britain, the ranks of peerage are as follows, from highest to lowest:
Duke and duchess
The book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool, which describes daily life in 19th century England, includes a chapter on how titled people are addressed.
I can't answer your questions about someone else's family history. Lots of people are related to royalty, so it is possible that it's true.
On the other hand, people often claim to be royal when they aren't, so you are wise not believe everything you hear. You should always be cautious in your dealings with strangers, even if they are royal.
Sorry, no. This website focuses mainly on currently recognized monarchies, and I don't take sides in heritage disputes.
Please note that I cannot locate items for you or help you sell your collection. I cannot help you identify an item or an artist, and I cannot help you find an appraiser. However, see the Royal Collectibles page for books and links you may find useful.
See the Royal Magazines page for information on these and other magazines about royalty and history.
If you e-mail your question to me, I'll do my best to answer it. However, please be aware that sometimes I can't answer my e-mail quickly.
Another option is to post your question on the Royalty.nu message board; some very knowledgeable people visit the board, and one of them may be able to help you.