Blog Posts

  • Warring Plantagenets to Wonderful Windsors: The changing face of the monarchy

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    It’s hard to imagine our lovely, white haired, grandmotherly Queen acting unilaterally; that is, being autocratic. You cannot see her declaring war willy nilly, befriending other countries at the drop of her exquisitely tailored hat, or spending...
  • The indifference causing the decline of the baronetcy

    by - Jul 17, 2014
    The honour of baronetcy is one of the most peculiar and, on the whole, little-understood hereditary honours in the Britain, yet this illustrious organisation of hereditary knights, whose predecessors actions were enough to merit honour (though...
  • Final weeks of Diana, Princess of Wales exhibition open for public viewing

    by - Jul 17, 2014
    Nearly 17 years after her untimely death, Diana, Princess of Wales continues to touch the lives of people throughout the world. Due to her committed charity work, her influence on her dedicated sons, and the never-ending fascination...
  • The tragic life of Queen Anne: the last Stuart monarch

    by - Jul 15, 2014
    Born on 6th February 1665, Anne is a Queen whose reign is often overshadowed by her female forbear Elizabeth I and one of her many successors, Queen Victoria. Both Elizabeth and Victoria reigned for longer than...
  • Behind the Royal door: Edward VIII (part two)

    by - Jul 14, 2014
    The second part of Edward VIII’s Behind the Royal door will cover the Abdication Crisis and his relationship with Mrs Wallis Simpson. You can read about Edward’s early life in the first section of Behind the Royal door: Edward...
  • Can you buy a title?

    by - Jul 11, 2014
    The short answer is yes… But it’s not as easy as you think. Since 1925, it has been a criminal offence to buy or sell a title of honour, punishable by up to two years in...
  • History Rewind: Lady Jane Grey becomes Queen of England

    by - Jul 10, 2014
    On 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey became Queen of England after the death of the 14-year-old King Edward VI. Born in 1537, Jane was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII, making her a Tudor through her...
  • Number 1… Fire! – A guide to royal gun salutes

    by - Jul 10, 2014
    A Royal Gun Salute indicates a special royal occasion. Salutes are fired from specific locations in London and other official places in the United Kingdom. Military saluting stations are London, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, Cardiff and...
  • Behind the Royal door: Edward VIII (part one)

    by - Jul 7, 2014
    This instalment of Behind the Royal door will look at the life of The Queen’s uncle, Edward VIII, later The Duke of Windsor. Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born in 1894 at Richmond Park to the...
  • Royal Heritage: Pevensey Castle

    by - Jul 7, 2014
    The ruins of the medieval castle at Pevensey remain in one corner of a Roman fort, which was at one time a peninsula surrounded by the sea and salt marshes. The Roman fort, known as Anderida,...