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Elizabeth Jane Timms

Elizabeth Jane Timms

Elizabeth Jane Timms is a royal historian, writer, historical consultant and independent researcher. An expert on past British and European royalty, she speaks on matters royal historical for TV and radio, including on historic royal weddings at Windsor for BBC Radio Berkshire prior to the first Royal Wedding (2018). She regularly writes for journals, magazines, newsletters and the web. As a historical consultant, she responds to a wide range of enquiries from media to private individuals, as well as for books, talks and research projects. She has made a significant contribution to the field of royal studies and is the author of over two hundred articles on the subject. Currently, she is a freelance writer for Tudor Life Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the academic royal journal Royalty Digest Quarterly and specializes in Queen Victoria and her family. She is an authority on Russia's last Tsarina, Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918) with a particular interest in her correspondence. She writes a popular history blog as resident historian for Royal Central, the world's leading news site on the British Royal Family, the State, and the Monarchies of the world. She writes and conducts original research on W. A. Mozart; her two-part series on Mozart in London appeared in the Newsletter of the Friends of Mozart Society, New York City (2016) and she wrote a series on Mozart and Prague for the Prague Post (2017-2019). She has been an active member of many heritage societies and was elected a member of the Royal Historical Society in 2017. She is an honorary member of the Tudor Society. She is a poet and a member of Oxford University Poetry Society. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and poetry magazines, including The Oxonian Review, Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures, North of Oxford Journal, Nine Muses Poetry and elsewhere. She lives in rural Oxfordshire.

  • A Pearl Earring and Imperial Russia

    Displayed as part of the London Science Museum’s exhibition on the Russian Imperial Family, The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution is...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms20th November 2018
  • A chandelier and the fate of the Romanovs

    Currently displayed in the special exhibition at London’s Science Museum, The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution – exploring the role of...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms5th November 2018
  • Victoria: Becoming Queen with a Dressing Gown

    The first thing that Princess Victoria did on the morning of 20 June 1837 was to reach for her dressing gown....

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms3rd November 2018
  • Personal items of Queen Victoria acquired by Historic Royal Palaces

    Some personal items belonging to Queen Victoria have been acquired by Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which maintains Kensington Palace,...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms2nd November 2018
  • Ella: The birth of Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna

    ‘Saw good Mrs Clark, returned from Darmstadt, who gave me an excellent account of Alice, the Baby & dear little Victoria’ (Quoted...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms1st November 2018
  • Queen Victoria’s Widow’s Cap

    The white caps worn by Queen Victoria have – correctly – come to be regarded as a symbol for her widowhood....

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms31st October 2018
  • 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