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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.

  • 20 June 1837: Waking up Queen Victoria

    On 20 June 1837, Princess Victoria of Kent was awoken in her bedroom at Kensington Palace, writing later in her journal...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms27th June 2018
  • Portraits of Russian imperial women: Alix and Ella

    The artworks by the fashionable German portrait painter and historical artist Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1860-1920) of Princess Alix of Hesse,...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms26th June 2018
  • The christening of Queen Victoria

    Unlike the christenings of Queen Victoria’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the christening of the future Queen is an event about which...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms25th June 2018
  • A Portrait of Princess Alix of Hesse

    A portrait of the toddler Princess Alix of Hesse by the Austrian painter George Koberwein caught my attention back in 2004....

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms14th June 2018
  • Banbury Cross and a Royal Wedding

    Banbury Cross is of course, synonymous with local Oxfordshire folklore for many, because of the popular rhyme which has a ‘fine...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms11th June 2018
  • The ‘Forgotten’ Georgian Vault at Westminster Abbey

    In addition to the handful of tombs of England’s medieval kings and their queens consort clustered close to or around the...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms5th June 2018
  • Welcoming a Royal Bride to England

    It was not simply the wedding but also the welcome attending the arrival of a future royal bride in England which...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms4th June 2018
  • Flora Danica and a Royal Wedding

    In addition to the private gifts exchanged at royal weddings were also those public gifts given on behalf of a nation....

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms3rd June 2018
  • The bells of Westminster Abbey

    First and foremost, we think of bells as something we hear and don’t see. The bells of Westminster Abbey now mingle...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms26th May 2018
  • A little known painting of Russia’s last Tsarina?

    A chance listing on the Public Catalogue Foundation Art UK, for an oil on canvas painting (35.8 x 30.7 cm) said...

    Blog PostsElizabeth Jane Timms23rd May 2018
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