Why does Britain celebrate Bonfire Night?

Every year on 5th November Britain is lit up with fireworks and bonfires with people partaking in the ceremonial effigy-burning of Guy Fawkes. It is a time for people to gather together to share in food, drink and merriment. “Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!” In the year…
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British Royals

The Royal Week in Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words and this new feature on Royal Central aims to give you a bit of easy weekend reading as we look back on the royal week in photos. There were plenty of special images from the State Visit this week of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his…

The common illness that killed a Queen

In the early autumn days of 1537, King Henry VIII was celebrating as his court welcomed a prince. His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread rejoicing.  Preparations were in full swing for an elaborate…

The Widow of Windsor – A Queen in Mourning

Some people may argue that Queen Victoria is our greatest example of a dutiful monarch. There could, however, have been an entirely different outcome for Victoria’s legacy and the catalyst for this was the death of her beloved consort Prince Albert. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha married on 10th February 1840, nobody could ever imagine that Queen Victoria would be…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at Edward VI

Edward VI was born on 12th October 1537 as the son of the reigning King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Edward’s sisters Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth were both fond of their little brother and visited him often. Edward was even fond of his…
The Cambridges

William and Kate visit Dundee

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known in Scotland, made their first official visit to Dundee on Friday. As most will recall, William and Catherine first met while students nearby at the University of St Andrews. The majority of the visit focussed on the mental wellbeing of young people, a major priority for The Earl and Countess. During Friday’s…
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The Sussexes

Prince Harry to visit USA for event in aid of Invictus Games Orlando 2016

Prince Harry will be in the United States of America on October 28th for an event in support of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, which will take place between the 8th-12th May 2016 at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Orlando. Prince Harry will be joined at the event by First Lady of the USA, Michelle Obama, and Dr Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joe Biden. Prince Harry, Mrs Obama and Dr…
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