History

  • The Queen’s European royal cousins

    by - Nov 13, 2013
    We often hear that the Queen is a cousin of various European monarchs. Her Majesty is related to them because of her great great grandmother Queen Victoria and the marriages made by her children and grandchildren....
  • Elfrida, The First Crowned Queen of England

    by - Nov 7, 2013
    It is often claimed that the Anglo-Saxons did not have queens. Instead, Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror is credited with being the first queen of England. While most Anglo-Saxon king’s wives failed...
  • Spooktacular stories: tales of ghosts and other hauntings in the Royal Palaces

    by - Oct 31, 2013
    Ghosts of wives and lovers, hauntings from scorned staff, frightful sounds, creaks and coughs. This is not a new film at the cinema or a book: These are the haunted Royal Residences. Buckingham Palace It is...
  • Chilling tales at Chillingham castle

    by - Oct 31, 2013
    With Halloween on our doorstep, Royal Central has a look into the supposedly most-haunted house in the country: the aptly named Chillingham Castle. Once the site of a monastary,the Castle sits nestled in the countryside, near...
  • Goldsborough Hall – A hidden Gem

    by - Oct 24, 2013
    I was very fortunate this week to receive an e-mail from Mark Oglesby, bringing an error in our blog on Princess Mary to my attention.  How was this fortunate you may ask?  Surely an editor does...
  • Royal Christenings Through the Ages

    by - Oct 22, 2013
    Prince George of Cambridge will follow in a long line of royal babies when he is christened on Wednesday. As a deliberate nod to this tradition, he will be baptised wearing a replica of the christening...
  • Old portrait of an aging Queen Elizabeth I gets a second look

    by - Oct 14, 2013
    A rare portrait from 1593 of Queen Elizabeth I is on display at The Museum of the Albemarle in North Carolina. This overlooked gem hung without notice for over 50 years in the Elizabethan Gardens Gatehouse...
  • A One Thousand Year Old Murder Mystery

    by - Oct 10, 2013
    On the evening of 18 March 978 Edward, the teenaged king of England, set out on horseback for Corfe in Dorset, intending to visit his half-brother, Ethelred, and stepmother, Elfrida. He never made it inside the...
  • The Forgotten Monarchs – Part 6

    by - Sep 22, 2013
    The penultimate part in this series of blogs focuses on the last King and penultimate Monarch of the House of Hanover, King William IV. William was born on 21st August 1765, being the third son of...
  • Lincoln Castle unveils plans for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

    by - Sep 19, 2013
    Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire is going to go under an extreme makeover: castle edition! The project will cost close to £20 million and will be completed in 2015. Unlike most renovations in which buildings are shuttered...