Royalty

Broadly

The Untold Story of a Legendarily Topless Mistress Who Saved France

Agnès Sorel is popularly depicted in lavish gowns that expose a single breast, but the French noblewoman was much more than a strong fashion choice.
Dee Cunning
9.3.18
history

All Hail Hatshepsut, the Cross-Dressing Queen Turned Powerful Pharaoh

The ancient Egyptian ruler depicted herself in kingly attire as the child of Amun-Ra himself—which almost got her erased from history.
Dee Cunning
7.30.18
Royalty

This Guy Is Trying to Bring Back the French Monarchy and Become the King

We headed out for a day with Louis “King Louis XX” Alphonse—a direct heir to the obviously defunct French throne—and his supporters.
Bruno Lus
7.27.18
history

The Cigar-Loving Cuban-American Who Charmed Her Way Into the Aristocracy

Consuelo Yznaga injected money and glamor into the fading British upper classes—and even acted as matchmaker for other socialites and impoverished toffs.
Julie Ferry
7.18.18
LGBTQ

A Royally Queer Party Celebrated Some Rando Straights Getting Married

LGBTQ activists and well-wishers marked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage with an anti-heteronormative gathering at the city's most famous cruising grounds.
Sophie Hemery
5.21.18
Culture

Discussing the Royal Wedding with the Only Queens That Matter (Drag Queens)

"The Queen literally owns one-third of the world. Drag kings and queens? We’re just here owning our gender."
Zing Tsjeng
5.18.18
history

These Exiled Princesses Led an Armed Rebellion From Their Convent

In sixth-century France, Merovingian royals Basina and Clotilda were forced into a nunnery. They decided to lead their sisters in an uprising against their abbess instead.
Siobhan Ball
4.9.18
Medieval Times

Meat, Mead, and Matriarchy: Crowning Medieval Times' First Queen

After 34 years of patriarchy, the beloved jousting tournament-slash-dining experience has installed a female regent. As someone who has spent several drunken birthdays at the Medieval Times in New Jersey, I knew I had to behold this historic event myself.
Callie Beusman
2.6.18
Royalty

Inside the Home of the World's Most Obsessive Princess Diana Memorabilia Collector

After her husband died, Jo Dobson has made it her life's work to showcase the couple's immense Princess Diana collection. We visited her house to find out what drives her enduring love for the People's Princess.
Sirin Kale
8.29.17
Essays

'A One-Woman Crusade for Independence': My Memories of Princess Diana

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Lady Diana's tragic death, her personal secretary recounts her triumphant Paris tour of 1992.
Patrick Jephson
7.26.17
Can't Handle the Truth

Fake News Was Weirdly Fun This Week

Prince Philip is alive, and a lot of other online hoaxes were actually amusing.
Mike Pearl
5.6.17
WTF

An Exiled Italian Prince Has Started Selling Pasta From a Food Truck

Will Smith may be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but California has a new prince in town, and he’s selling pasta out of a food truck.
Alex Swerdloff
7.11.16
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