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  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Story of the Peerage: Peers and Parliament

    by - Feb 9, 2014
    In 1999, history was made when an bill was passed through Parliament which abolished the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords and contribute to the law making process. Almost 15 years...
  • 62 years on: How Elizabeth became our Queen

    by - Feb 6, 2014
    On this very day in 1952, King George VI of the United Kingdom died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House, aged just 56, after a long battle with lung cancer. The heiress presumptive to the...
  • Why isn’t Prince Philip King?

    by - Feb 4, 2014
    In a follow on from my ‘Why Camilla must become our Queen’ post last week, a lot of comments raised the question of why Prince Philip isn’t king, despite the wife of a king being a...
  • The Story of the Peerage: How does it all work?

    by - Feb 2, 2014
    Anyone who knows will tell you that the British Peerage is a complicated and diverse institution Рand in this article (Part 2 of the Story of the Peerage series), I will explain everything you need to...