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DUKE. The title given to those who are in the highest rank of nobility in England.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"I believe you have guessed it at last," replied the duchesse.
"That was well spoken, our ally!" replied the duchesse. "But it is getting late; had we not better return?"
And the carriage returned towards the Faubourg Saint Antoine, after the conclusion of the treaty that gave to death the last friend of Fouquet, the last defender of Belle-Isle, the former friend of Marie Michon, the new foe of the old duchesse.
It remains unknown how the magazine picked the duchesses who made the cut for their list.
Kate and Meghan have been the subject of a series of media reports claiming there is a rift between the two duchesses.
The two duchesses also witnessed World No.1 Rafael Nadal's defeat in the hands of Novak Djokovic in the men's second longest semi-final match at the arena.
However, after reading about her exploits and achievements over many years (and the recent article in The Journal on May 30), I believe that she must be one of the most astute and hard working Duchesses in the country.
Cette etude vise a analyser les defis et les enjeux entourant la creation d'une activite citoyenne a l'interieur du Carnaval de Quebec, la << Revengeance >> des duchesses, destinee a assurer une reappropriation par les residents de cette fete jugee par beaucoup trop touristique.
The purpose of this study is to analyze the challenges and issues surrounding the creation of a community activity within the Quebec Carnival, the "Revengeance" of the duchesses intended to ensure a reclaiming on the part of residents of this festival judged by many to be too tourist oriented.
Nee dans ce contexte de questionnement du sens de la fete, la << Revengeance >> des duchesses propose de nouvelles activites non reconnues dans la programmation du Carnaval et s'inspire librement de la << tradition >> des Duchesses du Carnaval.