History

  • 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...
  • Judith of Francia: Twice Queen of Wessex

    by - Dec 20, 2013
    Anglo-Saxon queens receive very little attention, with it commonly believed that there were no pre-Conquest queens in England. Such an assertion is patently untrue, as the lives of early queens, such as Elfrida, Emma of Normandy...
  • Edward VIII abdication: 77 years ago today

    by - Dec 10, 2013
    On 10 December 1936 when the clock stuck 10 am, Edward VIII who had been king since 20 January of the same year upon the death of his father, King George V, put pen to paper...
  • Empress Matilda, Lady of the English

    by - Dec 2, 2013
    On 25 November 1120 the White Ship sank off the coast of Normandy not long after it set out for England. The ship, which was fast and well-built, went down quickly, with only two survivors. Unfortunately,...
  • 14 years since Australia said no to becoming a Republic

    by - Nov 29, 2013
    Just recently on the 6th of November, Australia marked 14 years since voting “no” in a referendum to abolish the Australian Monarchy and become the Republic of Australia. The topic of Monarchy vs Republic has always...
  • Did Queen Victoria have a secret grandchild?

    by - Nov 28, 2013
    Charles II was famous for his illegitimate children, and there have been many monarchs and their families that have had secrets they wanted to keep hidden.  Now it has been suggested that one of Queen Victoria’s daughters, Princess Louise,...
  • Transforming the Duchy and the future: Part III

    by - Nov 25, 2013
    As the last part in the Duchy series, we take a look at the Duke of Cornwall’s vision, changes made at the Duchy and the environment. In 1952, Prince Charles became the 24th Duke of Cornwall...
  • Draft version of King George VI’s first wartime speech hit’s the auction block

    by - Nov 25, 2013
    Sotheby’s will auction off an initial draft of King George VI’s speech in which he tells the country that Britain was ready, willing and able to declare war on Germany. It is the first time in 74 years, that the...
  • Tower of London’s 1000-year-old moat opened for ice skating

    by - Nov 23, 2013
    If skating through history catches ones fancy, then the chance to hit the ice at the Tower of London is a must. Now in its 8th year, the Tower moat is the site for the holiday...