History

  • Regicide: how Queen Victoria survived SEVEN assassination attempts (Part Two)

    by - Mar 23, 2014
    From last week’s post, we continue with the accounts of Victoria’s attempted assassinations, covering her last 3 assailant’s stories, as well as a few others that got rather close to Victoria… Victoria faced the most assassination...
  • 97 years since the fall of Imperial Russia

    by - Mar 20, 2014
    For 634 years, some form of monarchy had been in operation in Russia, first as the Principality of Moscow, then as the Tsardom of Russia, and more recently, the Russian Empire with some of the most...
  • History Rewind: 40 years ago today, Princess Anne kidnap attempt foiled

    by - Mar 20, 2014
    40 years ago today, Princess Anne and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips escaped a kidnap attempt during which four people were injured. The royal couple was returning to Buckingham Palace along The Mall when their...
  • Prince Albert – A truly remarkable man

    by - Mar 15, 2014
    In recent years, there seems to have been a surfeit of books and documentaries presenting a very unjust image of Prince Albert as a dour and humourless man, driven by a desire for power, and with...
  • Has Henry VII’s royal bed been discovered?

    by - Mar 12, 2014
    More than 500 years after his death, British historians have identified an old royal bed which is thought to have belonged to the first of the Tudor monarchs, King Henry VII. Renowned broadcaster and Chief Executive...
  • The Legend and Future of the Order of the Thistle

    by - Mar 3, 2014
    As Scotland considers its future as part of the United Kingdom, with a referendum on Scottish independence to be held in September 2014, a remarkable photographic portrait of the Queen as Queen of Scots and Chief...
  • 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...