History

  • 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...
  • 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...