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Monarchy Rules: the consorts of the House of York

The role of consort can make or break a monarchy. Some have seen their reign saved by the energies of their spouse while others have seen their power waver because of their consort’s actions. Here, we look at the consorts of the House of York. Queen Elizabeth, 1464 – 1470; 1471 – 1483 Many of her enemies would rather Elizabeth Wydville had never been queen at all. Instead, she is…
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The historic secrets uncovered by the Windsor Castle fire

The devastating fire which swept through Windsor Castle on November 20th 1992 led to a massive salvage operation and a restoration that lasted five years. And in the process of saving the ancient residence, experts discovered some intriguing royal secrets. In the kitchen area of the castle, the destruction led to an old medieval roof being found behind a 19th century redesign created by Jeffrey…
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A sparkling nod to royal romance in the Queen's latest official portrait

The Queen has added a romantic touch to her latest official photograph. For in the image taken to mark her 73rd wedding anniversary, Her Majesty has given pride of place to a sparkling brooch which links this new picture to others captured at deeply personal moments in her historic reign. The Chrysanthemum brooch has featured in some of the most significant portraits taken during the marriage…
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James VI and I - the monarch who survived the Gunpowder Plot

James VI and I was crowned at just 13 months old and is best known for uniting the crowns of England and Scotland, as well as authorising the King James Bible. The only child of Mary, Queen of Scots, James was born on 19 June 1566 in Edinburgh Castle. The young James’s father, Lord Darnley, was murdered in February 1567 and that spring, Mary was imprisoned and later forced to abdicate in…
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