Blog Posts

  • The Stuarts: James VI & I (part one)

    by - Jul 25, 2014
    In this new series, I will survey all of the Stuart Monarchs’ reigns chronologically, and hopefully display to you a dynasty with many a tale to tell, but that is often forgone by historians, in favour...
  • History Rewind – Mary I of England Marries Philip II of Spain

    by - Jul 25, 2014
    As we all know there are a lot of Mary’s in English history – possibly too many! For me, there’s one that stands out easily as the most memorable as her name lends itself to my favourite drink after...
  • History Rewind: The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

    by - Jul 24, 2014
    Today in 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son James. James would ultimately become King James I of England and VI of Scotland in 1603. To understand how this...
  • History Rewind: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson

    by - Jul 23, 2014
    On 23 July 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. Thousands of people lined London’s streets and an international audience of approximately 500 million gathered around their television sets to catch a...
  • Politics and Personal Rule: The Changing Face of the Monarchy

    by - Jul 22, 2014
    Today, the role of the monarch in politics can quite simply be boiled down to three simple facts; the monarch has the right to “be consulted, the right to encourage and the right to warn”. This point,...
  • Behind the Royal door: Edward VIII (part three)

    by - Jul 21, 2014
    The final part of Edward VIII’s Behind the Royal door covers his involvement in the Second World War up to his death. Find Parts One and Two of his life by clicking the respective links. In 1937, The Duke and...
  • Interview: What was it like to attend a party at Buckingham Palace?

    by - Jul 20, 2014
    A few weeks ago, The Brownies celebrated their 100th birthday with a party at Buckingham Palace. The Countess of Wessex and daughter Lady Louise attended the celebration and one Brownie from Newport has spoken to me...
  • Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: July (part I)

    by - Jul 20, 2014
    The beginning of July has seen, as ever, a busy time for the royal family. Let’s see what they have been wearing! Pictures are used where available. For her arrival in Scotland, The Queen wore a...
  • The Royal Association: history of charities and patronages

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    In this series we will take a look at the history of charities and patronages of the Royal Family past and present. Throughout the series, we will spotlight a member of the Royal family and highlight...
  • Warring Plantagenets to Wonderful Windsors: The changing face of the monarchy

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    It’s hard to imagine our lovely, white haired, grandmotherly Queen acting unilaterally; that is, being autocratic. You cannot see her declaring war willy nilly, befriending other countries at the drop of her exquisitely tailored hat, or spending...