Lydia Starbuck

Royal enthusiast, journalist, blogger.



  • Why The Queen is about to get a new, very distant royal cousin

    by - Jun 3, 2014
    The news that Princess Charlene is expecting her first child came as a bit of a surprise to European royal watchers.  The birth of this latest royal baby, at the end of 2014, will give Monaco...
  • The Queen paid tribute to the eyewitnesses of history

    by - Mar 28, 2014
    They are the men who have been on hand at some of the most pivotal moments in royal history. Among their number are those who took King John to sign the Magna Carta, or who carried...
  • Kings, Queens and Olympic dreams

    by - Mar 20, 2014
    The Sochi Winter Olympics gave us plenty of glimpses of royal spectators but no royal competitors.  But past Games, both winter and summer, have seen their fair share of kings and queens going for gold with...
  • Queen Victoria’s granddaughter and Ireland’s patron saint

    by - Mar 17, 2014
    For a princess who claimed a bit of a royal first at the baptismal font, it’s perhaps not surprising that Patricia of Connaught – known for most of her adult life as Lady Patricia Ramsey –...
  • The princess from Wales who gave her name to Europe’s newest royal

    by - Mar 1, 2014
    Europe’s newest royal, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland, shares her first name with one of Sweden’s most famous monarchs. While Ulrike Eleonora, queen regnant and queen consort of the country in the...
  • Why England’s long dead kings have got the 21st century X-Factor

    by - Feb 3, 2014
    There is something almost magical about the excitement that reports of the discovery of the bones of an English king, dead for centuries, produces.  Despite the almost tumultuous reception given, in early 2013, to the confirmation...
  • Why Cambridge University has been luckier for queens in class than kings in waiting

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    As Prince William begins his studies at Cambridge University, he might want to avoid looking at the academic careers of some of the other kings to be who have attended the institution. For while heirs to...