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The Mysterious Mona Lisa

As the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa draws more than six million admirers to the Louvre each year. Just what is her peculiar power?
Mighty Monarch

Mighty Monarch

On April 21,2016, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday. As the longest-reigning British monarch, mother of four, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of five, her life has been devoted to service – and doing it with flair.

The Making of a Monarch

The Making of a Monarch

In 1952, upon the death of her father, the young Elizabeth Alexandra May Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II. Sixteen months of intricate preparations led to her coronation – and event of supreme pomp and ceremony that heralded the beginning of a new Elizabethan Age, as citizens across the world emerged from the shadows of war into an era of confidence and prosperity. Travel with us back to the pages of Reader’s Digest 1952, when we gave readers a glimpse of the ultimate royal party planners in full flight.

Napoleon

15 Strange (but True) Facts about Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte died May 5, 1821 on the island of St. Helena in the south Atlantic. Just as his military genius has been studied throughout the years, we've also been fascinated with the life – and quirks – of the first emperor of France. Here are 15 things you probably didn't know about Napoleon:

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