Blog Posts

  • The Royal W: The Queen’s moon message

    by - Nov 25, 2014
    As we continue this series, I come across more interesting bits of history. Some as you may notice are shorter than others, but are certainly worth mentioning. A message from the Queen was produced on microfilm,...
  • The Royal W: Dine and Sleep

    by - Nov 24, 2014
    On occasion, perhaps two or three times a year during their residency at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty issues what are known as ‘dine and sleep’ invitations. The guests might include the current Prime Minister, government members,...
  • Notable Names: Thomas Becket

    by - Nov 24, 2014
    Thomas Becket is famously remembered as the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered upon the supposed orders of King Henry II. Becket’s legacy has continued into the modern day, with many authors, poets, and films being centred on his...
  • History Rewind: Windsor Castle fire

    by - Nov 20, 2014
    Although Her Majesty The Queen hadn’t yet made her ‘Annus Horribilis’ speech at the Guildhall, 1992 was already proving a disastrous year for The Royal Family. The Princess Royal had announced her divorce from Captain Mark...
  • The Royal Household: Pages of the Backstairs

    by - Nov 19, 2014
    First appointed by Queen Anne in the 1700s, The Pages of the Backstairs were created as she wanted to distinguish between the Ladies of the Bedchamber and her closest male servant. The Pages were thought highly...
  • The Royal Household: Page of the Chambers

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    The Page of the Chambers is accountable for the arrangement of the State rooms as well as staging the ceremonial aspects of functions such as the Queen’s daily receptions, audiences, appointments and investitures. The Page is...
  • Think a republic would be cheaper than Monarchy? Think again!

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    It has long been the contention of those who would abolish the Monarchy that one of the virtues of a republican system is that republics are, in some way, axiomatically cheaper than the system of constitutional monarchy. On the...
  • The Royal Household: Pages of the Presence

    by - Nov 17, 2014
    The Page of the Presence are three pages who are senior staff of the Master of the Household Department. Their role is as personal attendants to royal visitors. Other duties include looking after Buckingham Palace’s Grand...
  • History Rewind: Death of Queen Mary I

    by - Nov 17, 2014
    On the 17th November 1558 the first English Queen Regnant, Queen Mary I, died at St James’ Palace. At her funeral service, the Bishop of Winchester summed up her life quite aptly: “She was a King’s daughter, she was...
  • The Royal W: Sebastopol Bell

    by - Nov 16, 2014
    Stumbled upon this short piece of information whilst reading about Windsor Castle. Taken at the end of the Crimean War, the Sebastopol Bell was one of two bells located in the clock tower of the Church...