Blog Posts

  • The Legend and Future of the Order of the Thistle

    by - Mar 3, 2014
    As Scotland considers its future as part of the United Kingdom, with a referendum on Scottish independence to be held in September 2014, a remarkable photographic portrait of the Queen as Queen of Scots and Chief...
  • 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...
  • Top 10 bizarre traditions of the British Monarchy

    by - Feb 26, 2014
    Tradition is key to both the Monarchy and the country it is present in. It offers continuity, spectacle and a chance for structured national reflection – it is also the source of some of the most...
  • The Making of a Modern Monarchy, from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

    by - Feb 26, 2014
    The British Monarchy is, and always has been, a work in progress. That is probably the biggest reason it has survived as long and as well as it has. Most importantly, it has consistently adapted to...
  • The Story of the Peerage: Into the Future

    by - Feb 23, 2014
    The peerage is and does not claim to be a modern institution. As the aristocracy which once dominated Parliament, gradually moves towards disestablishment from British politics, we will be waving goodbye to one of Britain’s most...
  • The Queen, Eighty Years a Subject

    by - Feb 20, 2014
    When a new portrait of the Queen is unveiled it joins a catalogue of work that began in 1933 when the seven year old Princess Elizabeth sat for Philip Alexius de László, who had been commissioned...
  • King Charles II’s house goes up for sale

    by - Feb 19, 2014
    A house that King Charles II once lived in is being put up for sale for the first time in over 600 years. Malmesbury House, in Cathedral Close Salisbury, was once owned by Charles II. It...
  • Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester, a Little Known Member of the Royal Family

    by - Feb 18, 2014
    In these days of a slimmed down monarchy, more distant members of the royal firm who are not descendants of George VI but nonetheless interesting and hardworking, are little known. One of these is HRH Prince...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 3

    by - Feb 18, 2014
    In July 1540 Anne of Cleves – the fourth wife of Henry VIII – went from being queen of England back to Anne, the Daughter of Cleves, with alarming speed. Life as an ex-queen of England...
  • The Story of the Peerage: Significant Lords and Ladies

    by - Feb 16, 2014
    In history, Lords and Ladies have occupied a place in the history of this country as great military leaders, famous politicians and even as infamous traitors. In this the penultimate part of our Story of the...