History

  • History Rewind: ‘Wings’ for The Duke of Edinburgh

    by - May 4, 2014
    Today in 1953, The Duke of Edinburgh received his wings. The Duke was awarded his pilot’s wings in a private ceremony that was held at Buckingham Palace. Air Chief Marshall Sir William Dickson, Chief of Air...
  • History Rewind: King George VI opens Festival of Britain

    by - May 3, 2014
    On 3 May 1951 King George opened The Festival of Britain at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. The festival was coordinated to commemorate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. It exhibited...
  • Update: Duke of Edinburgh celebrated tenth anniversary of QM2

    by - Apr 30, 2014
    The Duke of Edinburgh led celebrations on Friday 9 May at a special day of events to mark the tenth anniversary of the Queen Mary 2 becoming the Cunard flagship. His Royal Highness with @cunardline Officers...
  • The Queen congratulates South Africa on 20 years of democracy

    by - Apr 29, 2014
    Queen Elizabeth has congratulated South Africa on reaching 20 years of democracy. On 27 April, South Africa celebrated the 20-year anniversary since the first democratic elections were held in the country. The elections set forth a...
  • History Rewind: The Duchess of Windsor laid to rest

    by - Apr 29, 2014
    On 29 April 1986 The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson was buried alongside her husband, The Duke of Windsor at Frogmore in Windsor. The Duchess was buried in an English oak coffin that contained a silver...
  • History Rewind: The Duke of York marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

    by - Apr 26, 2014
    In 1920, Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George met Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the sociable daughter of a Scottish aristocrat. Albert fancied Elizabeth and tirelessly tried to gain her hand in marriage. Finally on the third try at a...
  • The Windsors in the Willows: Tree Planting and the Royals

    by - Apr 24, 2014
    Often seen at royal engagements across the world is the ceremonial tree planting. The simple act of adding a shovel-full of soil onto the planted sapling, and then having a photo, often wraps-up the day’s events,...
  • Why did Henry VIII seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon?

    by - Apr 21, 2014
    One of the most talked about issues in royal history, and British history in general, is the relationship of Henry VIII and his six wives. In 1525, after 18 years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon,...
  • Sydney readies for another historical Royal visit

    by - Apr 14, 2014
    Since 1867, fifty visits to Australia have occurred by members of the Royal Family. Of those 50 visits, only six transpired before 1954. Queen Elizabeth II is the only reigning monarch of Australia to have visited...
  • Royal Heritage: Corfe Castle

    by - Apr 13, 2014
    Above Corfe village sits the ruin of Corfe Castle. The Castle was constructed during William the Conqueror’s reign as a way to manage travel through the Purbeck Hills. Before the construction of Corfe the area contained...