History

  • Behind the Royal Door: Prince William of Gloucester

    by - Nov 26, 2014
    Born on 18 December 1941, Prince William Henry Andrew Frederick of Gloucester was the eldest son on Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. William spent his childhood at the family home,...
  • The Royal W: The Queen’s moon message

    by - Nov 25, 2014
    As we continue this series, I come across more interesting bits of history. Some as you may notice are shorter than others, but are certainly worth mentioning. A message from the Queen was produced on microfilm,...
  • Notable Names: Thomas Becket

    by - Nov 24, 2014
    Thomas Becket is famously remembered as the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered upon the supposed orders of King Henry II. Becket’s legacy has continued into the modern day, with many authors, poets, and films being centred on his...
  • 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...
  • History Rewind: Death of Queen Mary I

    by - Nov 17, 2014
    On the 17th November 1558 the first English Queen Regnant, Queen Mary I, died at St James’ Palace. At her funeral service, the Bishop of Winchester summed up her life quite aptly: “She was a King’s daughter, she was...
  • The Royal W: Sebastopol Bell

    by - Nov 16, 2014
    Stumbled upon this short piece of information whilst reading about Windsor Castle. Taken at the end of the Crimean War, the Sebastopol Bell was one of two bells located in the clock tower of the Church...
  • 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...
  • The Wives of the Georgian Kings: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

    by - Nov 13, 2014
    Of all the Georgian Kings, William IV was the only one not to use the regnal name George. In fact, it is his wife who had a name that is better remembered today, one that she...
  • The Royal W: Walkabout

    by - Nov 9, 2014
    A walkabout was not something the Queen nor members of the Royal Family participated in prior to 1970. It was during the March 1970 New Zealand visit honouring the 200th Anniversary of the voyage of Captain...
  • The Wives of the Georgian Kings: Maria Fitzherbert & Caroline of Brunswick

    by - Nov 8, 2014
    King George IV had an extremely scandalous private life. Not only did he have two wives, which in itself was unusual for that day and age, but one of them was a “secret”. As it had...