Blog Posts

  • King Henry VIII is Crowned

    by - Jun 24, 2013
    Five hundred and four years ago today, Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England in a ceremony of pomp and splendour at Westminster Abbey.   The coronation ceremony was performed by...
  • The Place of God in the Future of Monarchy

    by - Jun 23, 2013
    Antidisestablishmentarianism is recognised for being one of the longest non-technical words in the Oxford New English Dictionary; it is in fact a double negative. Many will be aware of the term, not for its constitutional significance...
  • The peculiar world of noble titles

    by - Jun 22, 2013
    Today’s society wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy raised some interesting questions on Twitter about how titles work in Britain. Noble titles can be regarded as a quirk of the British Monarchy, deriving...
  • The Duke of Cambridge and royal genealogy

    by - Jun 21, 2013
    Happy 31st birthday to HRH Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient...
  • Could Elizabeth II go down in history as Elizabeth the Great?

    by - Jun 20, 2013
    There is no doubt that Elizabeth II’s reign will go down in history as one of the most successful and popular in British history. Through Her Majesty’s dedication to this country and to the Commonwealth, she...
  • The Widow of Windsor – A Queen in Mourning

    by - Jun 19, 2013
    She is our country’s longest serving monarch to date and after over 63 years on the British throne, some people may argue that Queen Victoria is our greatest example of a dutiful monarch. There could however...
  • A Review of The BBC’s The White Queen

    by - Jun 17, 2013
    Yesterday I posted a blog entitled ‘Who is the white Queen?’; today I am tempted to change that to ‘and who cares?’  Maybe that sounds bitter, but after looking forward to this series so much I...
  • Who is the White Queen?

    by - Jun 16, 2013
    If you enjoy historical fiction as much as me, I am sure that you will be looking forward to the BBC’s new programme ‘The White Queen’, starting tonight at 9pm, as much as I am. Based...
  • When is Enough, Enough?

    by - Jun 15, 2013
    When is enough, enough? I have repeated this question to myself over and over again the past couple days as I thought about the seemingly deteriorating health of a member of the British Royal Family. His...
  • Royal Island

    by - Jun 13, 2013
    I recently spent a week’s holiday on the Isle of Wight. Every time I visit, I always go to see Osborne, Queen Victoria’s seaside home, and other historical places often associated with royalty. It is in...