History

  • The princess from Wales who gave her name to Europe’s newest royal

    by - Mar 1, 2014
    Europe’s newest royal, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland, shares her first name with one of Sweden’s most famous monarchs. While Ulrike Eleonora, queen regnant and queen consort of the country in the...
  • The Queen, Eighty Years a Subject

    by - Feb 20, 2014
    When a new portrait of the Queen is unveiled it joins a catalogue of work that began in 1933 when the seven year old Princess Elizabeth sat for Philip Alexius de László, who had been commissioned...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 3

    by - Feb 18, 2014
    In July 1540 Anne of Cleves – the fourth wife of Henry VIII – went from being queen of England back to Anne, the Daughter of Cleves, with alarming speed. Life as an ex-queen of England...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 2

    by - Jan 28, 2014
    Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, endured the shortest marriage of any of the six wives. In fact, her marriage was over before it had even begun. In late June 1540 Anne was...
  • A Peculiar Prerogative

    by - Jan 19, 2014
    When King Charles I was executed by the command of Parliament, on a cold morning in 1649, the peoples, of the then Commonwealth of England lived supressed under the rule of an omnipotent Lord Protector. Between...
  • Scotland and the Act of Union: Over 300 years on

    by - Jan 18, 2014
    On January 16, 1707 the Act of Union was passed under Queen Anne. This historic document, and one of the few important legislative pieces to be passed under her reign, brought together the thrones and Parliaments...
  • Mary – Queen Of Hearts?

    by - Jan 12, 2014
    Whenever Queen Mary, Consort of King George V, is mentioned, what do you think? A stern, old fashioned matriarch who did not care about her family or do you think a traditional, caring queen who not...
  • Why Cambridge University has been luckier for queens in class than kings in waiting

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    As Prince William begins his studies at Cambridge University, he might want to avoid looking at the academic careers of some of the other kings to be who have attended the institution. For while heirs to...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 1

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, with the rhyme ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived’, recording their largely unenviable fates. Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, is a household name, but what of the other...
  • William III – The Invader King

    by - Dec 28, 2013
    On this day in 1688, the Dutch Stateholder William III of Orange made a triumphant march into London ending the reign of King James II. In what history has since coined the “Glorious Revolution” William of...