History

  • History Rewind: Marriage of William of Orange and Mary

    by - Nov 4, 2014
    On 4th November 1677, the future joint Monarchs of England, Scotland and Ireland, Queen Mary II and King William III married at St James’ Palace. Although their marriage was, in broad terms, quite a happy one,...
  • The Wives of the Georgian Kings: Caroline of Ansbach

    by - Nov 1, 2014
    Lucy Worsley has called Caroline of Ansbach “the cleverest queen consort ever to sit on the throne of England”. In many ways, she really was. The wife of King George II was a patron of the arts and...
  • The Royal W: Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod

    by - Oct 31, 2014
    The Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod is one of the six officers of the Order of St Michael and St George. It was established in 1882 as “Officer of Arms” and became an Usher in...
  • The Wives of the Georgian Kings: Sophia Dorothea of Celle

    by - Oct 30, 2014
    They say that behind every successful man is a woman, and, in a similar way, behind every good ruler is a strong consort. History is littered with examples of Queens who have supported their Kings through all...
  • Royal Heritage: Barnwell Manor and Castle

    by - Oct 28, 2014
    Located outside of Barnwell, near Oundle in Northhamptonshire stands Barnwell Manor. The Manor is located on the grounds of the ruined Castle of Barnwell and was the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester....
  • The Royal Household

    by - Oct 28, 2014
    In the past few weeks, Royal Central took a look at the Official Royal Posts that are part of the Royal Household. On our next historical journey, we look at the five departments that comprise the...
  • The Royal W: The Letters Patent

    by - Oct 27, 2014
    Like the Royal Warrant, The Letters Patent make up one of the forms for which the Royal will is conveyed. The Letters Patent are public documents from Her Majesty, to which the Great Seal of the...
  • The Royal W: Sandringham Time

    by - Oct 27, 2014
    One may have heard of this small bit of Royal history before, although a short explanation, it is worth a mention in this series. King Edward VII came up with the decision of what was known...
  • Official Royal Posts: The Queen’s Piper

    by - Oct 26, 2014
    The Queen’s Piper principal duty is to play every weekday at 9 am for approximately 15 minutes under Her Majesty’s window when she is in residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle or the Palace...
  • Official Royal Posts: Astronomer Royal

    by - Oct 25, 2014
    The first Astronomer Royal was John Flamsteed. The self-taught and highly accomplished Flamsteed earned £100 a year after Charles II issued a warrant to the Office of the Ordnance in March of 1675. In June 1675,...