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Elizabeth Jane Timms

Elizabeth Jane Timms

Elizabeth Jane Timms is a royal historian, writer, historical consultant and research professional. An acknowledged expert on British and European royalty, she has contributed to the academic royalty journal Royalty Digest Quarterly since 2012. She specializes in Queen Victoria's family. She regularly writes for magazines, journals, newsletters and the web and speaks on matters historical for the radio, most recently for BBC Radio Berkshire prior to the Royal Wedding (2018). She contributed to the Edinburgh-based magazine Regency World (2013-2018) and wrote for the culture and travel columns of the Prague Post. She is a freelance contributor to Tudor Life magazine. She has been an active friend and member of many heritage societies, such as The Georgian Group and Stiftung Preussische Schlösser u. Gärten e.V and was elected a Member of the Royal Historical Society in 2017. She writes a popular blog as resident historian for Royal Central, the web's leading independent news site on the British Royal Family and the Monarchies of Europe, having written for the site as History Writer. She is a poet and a Member of the Oxford Writers' Circle and the Oxford University Poetry Society; her poetry has appeared in the Oxonian Review, Coldnoon, North of Oxford and elsewhere. She is an authority on Russia's last Tsarina, Alexandra Feodorovna and has conducted original research into her life for over fifteen years, also acting as a historical consultant on the subject. Her current project is a publication of the letters of Alexandra held at the British Library in London. She divides her time between Oxford and London.

  • A Staircase and a Queen: Making Royal History

    Queen Victoria’s accession began with a staircase. Fascinating to consider is the fact that this very staircase survives at Kensington Palace...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms4th October 2018
  • Becoming Victoria

    Hanging in the magnificent Waterloo Chamber at Windsor is the state portrait of King William IV in his Garter robes with...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms3rd October 2018
  • Queen Victoria and royal widowhood

    For some, Queen Victoria remains etched into the popular memory as the monochrome royal widow, dressed in black for the rest...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms1st October 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s dolls

    The wooden dolls of the future Queen Victoria have long been the subject of fascination. Perhaps this is because we are...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms29th September 2018
  • Cards from Queen Victoria’s children

    Some of the earliest Christmas cards to survive in the Royal Collection date from the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign....

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms17th September 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s Album of Important Occasions

    In the Royal Photograph Collection at Windsor is an album which offers a uniquely personal insight into Queen Victoria’s view of...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms16th September 2018
  • Breakfasting with Queen Victoria

    Across the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle is a room, clearly visible, jutting out in a pentagon shape amongst the jigsaw of...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms15th September 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s baby shoes

    With 2019 marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, possibly the most symbolic objects to commemorate this historic...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms14th September 2018
  • In the footsteps of four royal brides

    The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace has provided the setting for many historical events, most particularly royal weddings and christenings,...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms7th September 2018
  • Loving Albert

    In Prince & Patron, the Summer Opening Exhibition at Buckingham Palace, a bust of Prince Albert is displayed, labelled simply as...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms6th September 2018
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