History

  • History Rewind: The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

    by - Jul 24, 2014
    Today in 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son James. James would ultimately become King James I of England and VI of Scotland in 1603. To understand how this...
  • History Rewind: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson

    by - Jul 23, 2014
    On 23 July 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. Thousands of people lined London’s streets and an international audience of approximately 500 million gathered around their television sets to catch a...
  • Politics and Personal Rule: The Changing Face of the Monarchy

    by - Jul 22, 2014
    Today, the role of the monarch in politics can quite simply be boiled down to three simple facts; the monarch has the right to “be consulted, the right to encourage and the right to warn”. This point,...
  • 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 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...
  • 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,...