Royal History

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Wine Glass goes to auction

    by - Oct 22, 2014
    On November 12th, a stunning wine glass-one of a pair- that was given to Sir John Hay of Restairig by Bonnie Prince Charlie will be auctioned. It is estimated that this goblet is valued at £7,000...
  • The Royal W: Who is Black Rod?

    by - Oct 22, 2014
    The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod is a Royal Household member. He is appointed by the Crown by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Order of the Garter. Black Rod, as he is...
  • The Royal W: who, what or where?

    by - Oct 21, 2014
    This series will take a look at the who, what and where of the Royal Family and Royal history. Did you ever wonder what are the duties of Gentlemen Ushers? Perhaps ponder who Black Rod is?...
  • Official Royal Posts: Poet Laureate

    by - Oct 21, 2014
    The Poet Laureate is a member of the Royal Household and appointed by Royal Warrant. They receive an annual stipend from the Civil List. The current Poet Laureate is Carol Ann Duffy who was appointed in...
  • Official Royal Posts: The Royal Watermen

    by - Oct 20, 2014
    Prior to the advent of trains, planes and automobiles, The Sovereigns mode of transportation was on the River Thames. Whether a State occasion or travel between the Tower of London, Windsor, Hampton Court, Westminster or Greenwich,...
  • Notable Names-Charles Brandon

    by - Oct 20, 2014
    Historians and research vary on the year of Charles Brandon’s birth. Some state it was 1484, other claim it was 1485. Personally, I tend to believe it was 1484 from my own research and readings. Charles...
  • Official Royal Posts: Lord Steward

    by - Oct 19, 2014
    Since medieval times, the Lord Steward has been one of the three “Great Officers of the Household.” Until 1782, the office was one of great political significance and held Cabinet rank. After 1924, the office would...
  • Richard III’s reinterment route is announced

    by - Oct 14, 2014
    The route which Richard III’s remains will follow before being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral has now been revealed to the public. On Sunday 22nd March 2015, the last Plantagenet King will make his final journey before...
  • Queen Victoria’s bloomers sell for £6200

    by - Oct 14, 2014
    Queen Victoria’s 52 inch bloomers have sold at auction for the price of £6,200. The knee-length bloomers were one of a number of items to be sold at auction this week. The overseas buyer of Britain’s...
  • Notable names – Bess of Hardwick

    by - Oct 13, 2014
    Our new series will take a look at those names in history that everyone knows for some reason or another, and shed light on their importance in history. We start with Bess of Hardwick, a Derbyshire lady,...