State & Ceremonial

President Trump and The Royal Family – a difficult relationship in the making

President of the United States, Donald J Trump, is undertaking his first State Visit to the United Kingdom this week – a much-anticipated event. When the American billionaire arrives at Buckingham Palace following a ceremonial welcome, all will seem well between The Royal Family and the American President. However, the atmosphere will likely be tense behind closed doors – not least because…
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History

Royal Pictures from History: A Queen is Crowned

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place 66 years ago today. The young monarch, who had succeeded to the throne on the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6th 1952 was carried to this ancient ceremony in a golden coach while the world watched. Millions of…
British RoyalsHistoryPrincess Anne and FamilyThe CambridgesThe Queen

Tiara Focus: Cartier Halo Tiara

The Cartier Halo Tiara earned its way into the royal history books when it was worn by Miss Catherine Middleton when she married Prince William in 2011. Commissioned by the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II’s father in 1936, from the House of Cartier, the tiara is made from 1000 diamonds and platinum. Embed from Getty Images Three narrow bands of brilliant cut diamonds form the base, which is…
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HistoryInsight

Was Queen Victoria a Victorian?

Was Queen Victoria a Victorian? The question is a complex and fascinating one to answer. In the immediate response, Victoria would seem to typify what it meant to be ‘Victorian’ because her long reign straddled the nineteenth century, and the age was accordingly…
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'To dear Miss Robson': Cards to a Royal Governess

The name of Miss M. Hope Robson belongs to that both visible and invisible host of British royal nannies and governesses which appeared at the royal courts of Europe in the nineteenth century, known to their charges but in some cases, almost forgotten to biography. Correspondence sent to them in burgeoning childish scrawl and later in a mature script, chart the chronology in pen or pencil of the…
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History

Finding a 'lost' gift on the birth of a royal baby: Queen Victoria #200

Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold (1788-1859), referred to in most biographies of Queen Victoria simply as Madame Siebold, is a name often treated as a historical footnote, but is in fact, one of quite astonishing importance. It was Madame Siebold, the skilled German obstetrician who successfully helped to deliver the future Queen Victoria, born on 24 May 1819, at Kensington Palace. I recently…
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