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  • History Rewind: George I Arrives in Britain

    by - Sep 18, 2014
    It is appropriate that today, the day that Scotland decides whether it wants to stay in the warm embrace of the United Kingdom, that in 1714 King George I of Great Britain landed here for the...
  • History Rewind: Mary Queen of Scots crowned

    by - Sep 9, 2014
    On 9th September 1543, a child that was barely a year old was crowned Queen of Scotland in the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle. Mary, Queen of Scots would go on to be one of the...
  • History Rewind: Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

    by - Sep 7, 2014
    On 7th September 1533, Anne Boleyn gave birth to King Henry VIII’s second child at Greenwich Palace. Disappointingly for him, it was another girl. Elizabeth’s childhood was a somewhat difficult and complex one after losing her...
  • Her Majesty The Queen and the exploding post box

    by - Sep 5, 2014
    The year is 1952 and Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation is fast approaching. But who would have ever thought that it wouldn’t be the upcoming historical event that would make the national news, but a lonely and...
  • The women behind the Crown: Influential Queen Mothers – Margaret Beaufort

    by - Sep 3, 2014
    This edition of ‘The women behind the Crown’ takes a look at the influence Margaret Beaufort had on her son, Henry VII. From a young age, Margaret was fully aware of her son’s position as a...
  • Review: Wolf Hall – Aldwych Theatre, London

    by - Sep 1, 2014
    Mike Poulton’s theatrical adaptions of Hilary Mantel’s two Man Booker prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, have consistently received five star reviews from newspapers and critics alike since it debuted in Stratford-upon-Avon last December. These productions...
  • Behind the Royal door: The Prince John

    by - Aug 30, 2014
    Behind the Royal door returns, and we move to look at a little known Prince, who would have been an uncle to The Queen… John Charles Francis of Wales was born in 1905, at York Cottage...
  • History Rewind: Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA bomb

    by - Aug 27, 2014
    On 27th August 1979 Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin, Lord Mountbatten, was tragically killed by an IRA bomb blast whilst on his boat in Ireland. It wasn’t just Mountbatten who perished on the boat; one of his...
  • The women behind the Crown: Influential Queen Mothers – Empress Matilda

    by - Aug 26, 2014
    “Great by birth, greater by marriage, greatest in her offspring: here lies Matilda, the daughter, wife, and mother of Henry” - The epitaph on Empress Matilda’s tomb In the first blog of this series, we looked at...
  • The service never ends: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    by - Aug 25, 2014
    It could be argued that The Royal Navy was the main driving force behind the British Empire becoming a dominant world presence since its expansion in the 16th century. The Navy is the oldest of the British...