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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 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 regularly writes for magazines, journals, newsletters and the web and speaks on matters historical for the radio, including on royal weddings for BBC Radio Berkshire prior to the first 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 member of many heritage societies, such as The Georgian Group and Stiftung Preussische Schlösser u. Gärten e.V and worked in the heritage sector for over ten years. She was elected a Member of the Royal Historical Society in 2017 and is an honorary Member of the Tudor Society. 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 blogger, then 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 divides her time between Oxford and London.

  • 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
  • The linked hands of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

    An exquisite oil on panel painting by Franz Xavier Winterhalter, that fashionable artist of European court portraiture, is currently on display...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms5th September 2018
  • Ever your devoted friend: Alix and Pollie

    ‘Where is Pollie?’ (Lotte Hofmann-Kuhnt, Briefe der Zarin Alexandra von Russland an ihre Jugendfreundin Toni Becker-Bracht, 2009). Princess Alix of Hesse...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms3rd September 2018
  • Royal dog letters

    Frederick II, King ‘in’ Prussia, upon whom was bestowed the celebrated sobriquet of ‘the Great’ in his lifetime, was in his...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms30th August 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s memoir

    Queen Victoria kept her journals from the year 1832 up until around two weeks before her death in 1901. Her voluminous...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms23rd August 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s King Charles spaniel: Dash

    ‘Islay is still plagued by him every evening—a thing which he much enjoys—and constantly begs for...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms21st August 2018
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