The Cambridges

The Duchess of Cambridge to become Wimbledon ambassador

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to become the official Royal ambassador for the Wimbledon tennis championships. The Duchess is a fan of the game and has been a frequent spectator in the Royal Box on Centre Court since her marriage to the Duke of Cambridge in 2011.  She accepted an honorary membership of Wimbledon’s All England Club in January 2013.  A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace…
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King Henry VIII is Crowned

King Henry VIII was crowned King of England on 24th June 1509. 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…

Who is the White Queen?

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 on Philippa Gregory’s popular ‘cousin’ books this…

Coronation Admiration

As somebody who was not around at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, in fact somebody who was born nearly 40 years after her accession, it was amazing to watch today the whole thing from start to finish. From the procession to Westminster Abbey, to the procession down the Abbey, the very personal anointing of the Queen to the crowning shortly after and then the magnificent…
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60 Fascinating Facts About The Queen's Coronation

Vivid colour photograph of inside the Abbey during The Queen’s coronation service. 60 years ago tomorrow, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of over 7,000 people inside the Abbey and for the first time, millions on television. Here…
The Netherlands

Queen Beatrix Abdicates, Willem-Alexander Becomes King

The Queen of the Netherlands (Beatrix) today abdicated her throne and was succeeded by her eldest son, who is now His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, who is Queen Consort of the Netherlands. A ceremony took place at 10am this morning where the three signed the instrument of abdication and Beatrix renounced the throne, assuming the title of Princess Beatrix. The eldest…
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Beatrix, Queen of Heartbreak

When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially abdicates on April 30, she will end a 33-year reign that is viewed as one of the most successful in Dutch history. But it is also marred with personal tragedy. In 2002, Beatrix lost her companion and consort, Prince Claus…

On This Day 90 Years Ago, George VI And Queen Elizabeth Marry

90 years ago today, The Queen’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later known as The Queen Mother), at the time known as Prince Albert, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married at Westminster Abbey. Despite the grand and sumptuous day, the occasion required more than just the hard work of the organisers. Prince Albert had to propose to Elizabeth 3 times before he got a…
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