History

  • 96 years ago, the House of Windsor was born

    by - Jul 18, 2013
    96 years ago yesterday (17th July 1917), King George V set about changing the Royal Family at the height of World War 1. The Royal Family, at the time, bore the Germanic sounding name ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’. In...
  • Diana’s dresses: the story behind the fashion icon

    by - Jul 17, 2013
    A documentary aired this evening on Channel 4 featuring the sale of ten of Princess Diana’s most iconic and famous dresses, ‘Diana’s Dresses – The Auction’.  This documentary looked at the Princess’ style throughout her life. The one...
  • All about Royal Warrants

    by - Jul 16, 2013
    The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace last weekend showcased over 200 Royal Warrant holders. But what are Royal Warrants and how does a company obtain one? According to the Royal Warrant Holders Association, Royal Warrants of...
  • Royal Nannies

    by - Jul 4, 2013
    As the world counts down the days until the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to our future monarch, we look at famous nannies in recent British royal history. The Queen Margaret ‘Bobo’ McDonald started off working...
  • House of Windsor to House of Glücksburg?

    by - Jun 29, 2013
    On July 17, 1917 HM King George V of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland changed the name of the royal house from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. With World War I raging at the time...
  • King Henry VIII is Crowned

    by - Jun 24, 2013
    Five hundred and four years ago today, Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England in a ceremony of pomp and splendour at Westminster Abbey.   The coronation ceremony was performed by...
  • Royal Island

    by - Jun 13, 2013
    I recently spent a week’s holiday on the Isle of Wight. Every time I visit, I always go to see Osborne, Queen Victoria’s seaside home, and other historical places often associated with royalty. It is in...
  • The man who attempted to assassinate The Queen

    by - Jun 13, 2013
    The day is 13th June 1981, The Queen’s Birthday Parade is just getting underway and The Queen was riding on her horse Burmese to Horseguards’ Parade to begin the Troop. She was about to turn into...
  • The Coronation – as watched on television

    by - Jun 2, 2013
    On 2nd June 1953, a remarkable young woman was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Aged just 27, Elizabeth II had been born at the time of the 1926 general strike, had seen the 1936 Abdication Crisis first...
  • Tell Me More About… The Coronation

    by - May 30, 2013
    With the sixtieth anniversary of The Queen’s coronation on Sunday 2nd June, let’s find out more about the event itself. June was chosen as it was the month thought most likely to be warm and sunny....