British RoyalsInterestsPalaces & Buildings

Major restoration at Windsor Castle opens new path to the past for visitors

A grand entrance hall once shut off by Queen Victoria has been restored and reopened after hundreds of years to allow visitors a more spectacular entrance into Windsor Castle. The castle’s Inner Hall was created by George IV in the 1820s as a space to receive official guests and with its restoration, it now “serves its original purpose as a magnificent welcome area for visitors to…
Read more
History

A German Princess's memories of Queen Victoria

To Queen Victoria, she was ‘dear Marie Erbach’. That was what the Queen called Princess Marie of Battenberg, later Princess zu Erbach-Schönberg, whose memoirs first appeared in English in 1925, printed by London publishers George Allen & Unwin. Princess Marie Karoline of Battenberg was born in 1852 and married in 1871 Gustav Ernst, Count, later Prince zu Erbach-Schönberg (1840-1908). She…
Read more
FeaturesHistory

A German Princess' visit to Windsor Castle

I first encountered Princess Louise Henriette Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Dessau (1750-1811) in Wörlitz, on an excursion from Berlin as part of a cultural travel programme in 2009. The English landscape gardens were the main reason for the Englandreise, or journey to England undertaken by the young Princess Louise and her husband, the reigning Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau…
Read more
FeaturesHistory

The death of Prince Albert - Part One

In a two-part series, our Historian, Elizabeth Jane Timms, looks back at the death of Prince Albert: Prince Albert, the beloved husband and Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, died on 14 December 1861, at Windsor Castle. So enormous were the consequences of this death, both…
British RoyalsPalaces & BuildingsThe Sussexes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving out of Kensington Palace

Harry and Meghan will start their family life in a new home. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to move to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor which will become their official residence ahead of the arrival of their first child next spring. Confirmation of their plans came from Kensington Palace just hours after Emily Andrews at The Sun revealed that Meghan and Harry had been given the historic property…
Read more