Insight

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 isn't king and why the wife of a king is always a queen. Under English common law, a wife traditionally takes her…
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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…
Opinion

Why the cost argument just doesn't wash with Monarchy

<![CDATA[And so the subject of royal finances has arisen again after the publication of the Public Accounts Committee report on how the Royal Household manages its money. In recent times, republicans' annual outrage at the cost of the Royal Family has become part and parcel of every piece of news on royal finances – but is it justified? I'm about to explain why I believe…
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The Story of the Peerage: Feudal Beginnings

<![CDATA[ The origins of the peerage are not as obscure as one may think at first thought. In fact, documents dating back over a thousand years have helped historian piece together exactly how we have managed to get to where we are today with the nobility. Earls were one…
Opinion

Why Camilla must become our Queen

<![CDATA[It's a subject that divides people across the country and indeed, around the world. Should the Duchess of Cornwall become Queen when Prince Charles accedes to the throne? Some argue she cannot, others that she must – I'm going to explain in this…
Insight

Can Prince Charles be skipped in the line of succession?

<![CDATA[Recent polls have shown that support for the Prince of Wales becoming king is constantly on the increase and at the moment is riding higher than support for the Duke of Cambridge succeeding after Her Majesty. It is an interesting point of discussion for constitutionalists, royalists and many others alike as to whether 'skipping' Prince Charles would be conceivable or indeed…
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InsightThe Kents

The wisdom of Princess Michael of Kent

<![CDATA[Today is the 69th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. Over the years, Princess Michael (whose real name is Marie-Christine) has become the subject of fascination to many for some of the most baffling, intriguing and humorous quotes from a…
Features

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You've Heard About Anne Boleyn

<![CDATA["Incredibly vain, ambitious, unscrupulous, coarse, fierce, and relentless." It's an instantly recognizable image of Anne Boleyn. The quote comes from Paul Friedman's 1884 biography. But fans of Philippa Gregory will find her reincarnated as the sister from hell of The Other Boleyn Girl.  In David Starkey’s 2004 Six Wives, she is a vicious, vengeful harpy who…
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