The Queen paid tribute to the eyewitnesses of history

<![CDATA[ They are the men who have been on hand at some of the most pivotal moments in royal history. Among their number are those who took King John to sign the Magna Carta, or who carried Anne Boleyn on her coronation day. In modern times, they were at the heart of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and they are asked to accompany the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London and back at the…
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Kings, Queens and Olympic dreams

<![CDATA[The Sochi Winter Olympics gave us plenty of glimpses of royal spectators but no royal competitors.  But past Games, both winter and summer, have seen their fair share of kings and queens going for gold with some achieving it.  Being royal at the Olympics…

Commonwealth eases ban on Fiji

<![CDATA[The Fijian flag that still includes the Union Jack is once again flying at the Commonwealth Secretariat gardens in London following an announcement from the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which decided to ease but not lift the current ban on Fiji's…

The princess from Wales who gave her name to Europe's newest royal

<![CDATA[Europe's newest royal, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland, shares her first name with one of Sweden's most famous monarchs. While Ulrike Eleonora, queen regnant and queen consort of the country in the 18th century, is quite possibly the inspiration for the first name chosen by Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill for their daughter, there is…
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The Story of the Peerage: Into the Future

<![CDATA[The peerage is and does not claim to be a modern institution. As the aristocracy which once dominated Parliament, gradually moves towards disestablishment from British politics, we will be waving goodbye to one of Britain's most illustrious and unique…

The Story of the Peerage: Significant Lords and Ladies

<![CDATA[In history, Lords and Ladies have occupied a place in the history of this country as great military leaders, famous politicians and even as infamous traitors. In this the penultimate part of our Story of the Peerage series, we explore the most famous lords and ladies in British history as well as some well known and lesser known famous Lords and Ladies in modern times. The Duke of…
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The Story of the Peerage: Peers and Parliament

<![CDATA[In 1999, history was made when an bill was passed through Parliament which abolished the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords and contribute to the law making process. Almost 15 years on and whilst there is still a push to completely reform the…

Why isn't Prince Philip King?

<![CDATA[A lot of comments we receive on Royal Central raise the question of why Prince Philip isn't king, despite the wife of a king being a queen. On the face of it, it seems bizarre, almost sexist, though in this post I'll explain exactly why Prince Philip…

The Story of the Peerage: How does it all work?

<![CDATA[Anyone who knows will tell you that the British Peerage is a complicated and diverse institution – and in this article (Part 2 of the Story of the Peerage series), I will explain everything you need to know about the Lords and Ladies of the United Kingdom. As discussed in Part 1, there are 5 ranks in the peerage. They are, in descending order, Duke (Duchess); Marquess…
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