In light of the increasing number of spurious "royal experts" infiltrating the media, Princess Palace has created this online testing and training center/centre (a.k.a. trivia quizzes) to facilitate the recognition and certification of actual royal experts. Anyone receiving certification may add C.R.E. (certified royal expert) after one's name. This site is created and maintained entirely for fun. Its creator asserts no authority for certifying anyone's qualifications for anything. ;)

28 January 2012

Princesses Royal Quiz

Only one modern British royal title has ever been created specifically for women: Princess Royal. This quiz tests your knowledge of the title and the select women who have borne it. You may send your answers via the comments section, e-mail them to or direct message (DM) them on Twitter to @palaceprincess.

1. Which king created the title and why?

2. With one exception, all of the Princesses Royal have been the eldest surviving daughter of the monarch. Who is the one exception?

3. Since its first creation, the title has bot been given to every eldest daughter. Which monarchs did not grant the title?

4. How many bearers of the title married foreign monarchs? Who were they?

5. Only one Princess Royal ever held the distinction of being the Heiress Presumptive. Why did she never accede the throne?

What is the full name of the current Princess Royal?

01 January 2012

Royal Babies Answers

This quiz to test your knowledge of the royal babies was clearly to easy for our royal experts. Shall we say it was child's play?

1. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is due to have her first child in 2012. Who was the last heiress to a throne to give birth while still heiress?
This appeared to be the most challenging question with the three most recent heiresses presumptive (Elizabeth II, Beatrix and Margrethe II) all getting guesses. However, Beatrix was the most recent one to give birth. Her youngest son, Prince Constantijn, was born October 11, 1969, barely four months after Margrethe's youngest son, Prince Joachim. As for Elizabeth, her youngest child was born in 1964, but she was already queen by then--her last child when she was still the heiress was Princess Anne in 1950.

2. Which two current heirs to thrones married within days of each other and had each of their first two children within days of each other?
Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark was married on May 14, 2004 and the Spanish heir, Felipe Prince of the Asturias was married eight days later. Fredrik's first, Prince Christian, was born on October 15, 2005. Felipe's first child, Infanta Leonor, was born sixteen days later on Halloween. Fredrik edged out Felipe on the second child too when his daughter Isabella was born on April 21, 2007 followed eight days later by Felipe's daughter Sofia. Fredrik is really ahead on the third and fourth children since his twins were born in January 2011, and there is no indication that Felipe will have any more children.

3. Which current reigning monarch was "betrayed" when a former governess wrote a book about the royal nursery?
One of the earliest "tell-all" books by a former royal employee was written by Marion Crawford, who was known as Crawfie to the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret of York. The book, "The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen's Childhood by her Nanny," was published in 1950. She later wrote other books and articles about the royal family, who never spoke to her again. Since then, many others have followed her example. Elizabeth, of course, grew up to be queen.

4. Which former monarch is said to have developed a debilitating disability partly because of an abusive nanny?
King George VI's stammer was well-depicted in the Oscar-winning film, "The King's Speech." However, this was not his only medical issue: he also suffered from recurrent stomach issues all of his life. Both conditions have been partially attributed to mistreatment he received from one of his first nursery attendants, Mrs. Green, who is said to have sometimes fed him while pushing him in an unsprung baby carriage and at other times not to have fed him at all. Finally, an undermaid, Mrs. Bill known affectionately as Lala, revealed Mrs. Green's abusive behavior and the woman was sacked. Lala wrote in her diary that she feared for the baby prince's life.

5. How many of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren were christened in a gown created for the children of Queen Victoria?
The first seven of Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren were christened in a gown of Honiton lace that was originally created for the first child of Queen Victoria in 1841. Her final grandchild, James Viscount Severn was the first child christened in a replica of that gown because the original was in such delicate condition. The original has now been preserved.