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  • Royal Peculiars- Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy

    by - Jan 6, 2015
    I have often wondered what a Royal Peculiar is, as the name suggests they sound very peculiar. It’s for that reason that we begin this series on Royal Peculiars though first we must establish just what...
  • A complete guide to the British Orders of Knighthood

    by - Dec 30, 2014
    Twice a year, The Queen’s Birthday Honours and New Year’s Honours lists are published by the Cabinet Office. They contain a list of people whom The Queen ‘has been pleased to appoint’ to various orders of...
  • The Royal W: Holiday Edition – The Christmas Cracker

    by - Dec 6, 2014
    As with the Christmas card, another tradition began during Victorian times that the Royal Family still holds dear to this day, the Christmas cracker. Tom Smith, a British confectioner came up with a new way to...
  • The Royal W: The Royal Christmas Card

    by - Dec 5, 2014
    Sir Henry Cole fancied sending something different to his colleagues other than the typical Christmas letter. In 1843, he decided rather than writing individual letters which took some time and patience due to the amount of...
  • The Royal W: Holiday Edition-The Glastonbury Thorn

    by - Dec 1, 2014
    In keeping with the theme of the season, The Royal W takes a look today the Glastonbury Thorn. Each Christmas the Vicar and Mayor of Glastonbury send Her Majesty a spray of Holy Thorn from the...
  • The Royal W: Dine and Sleep

    by - Nov 24, 2014
    On occasion, perhaps two or three times a year during their residency at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty issues what are known as ‘dine and sleep’ invitations. The guests might include the current Prime Minister, government members,...
  • The Royal Household: Page of the Chambers

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    The Page of the Chambers is accountable for the arrangement of the State rooms as well as staging the ceremonial aspects of functions such as the Queen’s daily receptions, audiences, appointments and investitures. The Page is...
  • Think a republic would be cheaper than Monarchy? Think again!

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    It has long been the contention of those who would abolish the Monarchy that one of the virtues of a republican system is that republics are, in some way, axiomatically cheaper than the system of constitutional monarchy. On the...
  • The Royal Household: Pages of the Presence

    by - Nov 17, 2014
    The Page of the Presence are three pages who are senior staff of the Master of the Household Department. Their role is as personal attendants to royal visitors. Other duties include looking after Buckingham Palace’s Grand...
  • The Royal W: Scarlet Rod

    by - Nov 16, 2014
    The Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod is one of six administrative and ceremonial officers of the Order of the Bath and established in 1725. The Title ‘Scarlet Rod’ is from the characteristic insignia of the...