Insight

The tragic sons of York and Lancaster: Know your Edwards

The fifteenth century was littered with Edwards. It had always been a popular royal name and the London associations with Edward the Confessor, whose tomb was located within Westminster Abbey, made it a favourite choice for royal mothers giving birth there. It was also traditional to name sons after their fathers or after the King. The succession of the Yorkist Edward IV provided an obvious…
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Opinion

The Queen's Coronation Exhibition at Buckingham Palace

Last weekend, Karen Kilrow and I visited the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. I was looking forward to it, even though I had been some years before. What I was most looking forward to, however, was the new exhibition for 2013, “The Queen’s Coronation 1953”. Coronation Portrait of The Queen painted by Sir Herbert James Gunn The exhibition celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the…
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HistoryOpinion

King George II: A Change from his Father

Last week, I wrote about King George I. Click here to read about his life and reign. A bust of King George II Born George Augustus on 30 October 1683 to the future King George I and Sophia Dorothea of Celle, King George II was the last British Monarch to be born outside…
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Royal Nursery Diary – Week 5: Wide, wide world

Prince George turned one month this week, and the cozy microcosm of his mother’s arms has evolved into a world rich with sounds, colours, smells and textures of all kinds… photo credit: conormcclure via photopin cc Off to Wales we go… Mum and babe have left…
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A Day In The Life of a Royal Baby: How Will Prince George’s Childhood Compare?

For any family, the birth of a baby is a momentous occasion and welcoming a new person into the world is one of life’s highlights. Most parents will spend the first few months getting used to sleepless nights, changing nappies and caring for their new arrival. Decisions have to be made as time progresses, too. Will the little one go to nursery? What will mum and dad’s parenting strategy…
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Who is Maud Windsor?

Born on the 15th of August 2013 to Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina is the first grandchild of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, first cousin twice removed of Her Majesty the Queen and now 47th in line to the British throne. Lord Frederick…
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The First King George

In Dublin, a marker stands with King George’s name Although my name prediction for Baby Cambridge was Arthur, I cannot say I was overly shocked that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named their new-born son George. Because of his birth, I have started to dig deeper into the royal history behind the name. I always knew that George was a historically significant name (there are six Kings with…
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