Royal History

  • 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 –...
  • A history of the Order of St Patrick

    by - Mar 17, 2014
    In honour of St Patrick’s Day, Royal Central takes a brief look at the Order of St Patrick. Created in 1783 by George III, The Order of Saint Patrick is an inactive British order of chivalry...
  • Regicide: How Victoria survived SEVEN assassination attempts (Part One)

    by - Mar 16, 2014
    When you think of the Victorian era, you often think of Dickensian London, with its back-alleys, opium dens, brothels, corrupt aristocrats and shady characters. Perhaps there is some truth in this perception, Dickens being a social...
  • Preview of episode one of ‘The Plantagenets’

    by - Mar 16, 2014
    In this new BBC Two three-part documentary series, Professor Robert Bartlett reveals the dramatic stories behind England’s longest ruling dynasty, the Plantagenets. In the first episode, The Devil’s Brood, Professor Bartlett begins his investigation into this...
  • History Rewind: avalanche hits royal ski party

    by - Mar 10, 2014
    Today in 1988, The Prince of Wales by a hair’s breadth dodged death whilst skiing in Klosters, Switzerland. An avalanche killed one of his closest friends. Major Hugh Lindsay, former equerry to the Queen, who plummeted...
  • The First Georgians: New exhibition to show life behind the scenes of the Georgian Royal Family

    by - Mar 3, 2014
    In 1714, after the death of Queen Anne, George Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, ascended the throne of England as King George I, the first monarch of the House of Hanover. His ascension marked the beginning of...
  • Preview of episode two of ‘Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History’

    by - Feb 27, 2014
    After historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb revealed the background leading up to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s courtship in the first episode of this series, in the next programme of Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed...
  • BBC Scotland Culture Show features lost portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

    by - Feb 25, 2014
    The BBC Culture Show Special The Lost Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, which aired Saturday 22nd February, featured the discovery of the long-lost portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, which has long been considered one of the...
  • Preview of ‘Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History’

    by - Feb 19, 2014
    In the new Channel 5 series Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb delves into the world of possibly the most fascinating and contested royal relationship that our monarchy has ever...
  • Richard III DNA to be ‘mapped’

    by - Feb 12, 2014
    It has been revealed that the DNA of the skeleton belonging to Richard III is to sequenced. This could potentially uncover details about the last Plantagenet King, such as his eye and hair colour. This is...