On 6 May 1960, HRH Princess Margaret married Mr Antony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey. It was the first royal wedding ever to be televised and all the trappings of a royal wedding were there: the coach and horses, the bells ringing out and members of the public sleeping on the streets of The Mall. … More The Politmore Tiara
Knowing what to call past and present members of the British Royal Family can be confusing, especially with media outlets are consistently using incorrect names to build headlines or coin catchy nicknames. Detailed below are the primary titles for our current sovereign and her direct descendants. (correct at time of writing 30 Jan … More What are the royals actually called?
Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore as seven authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes … More Sexuality and its Impact on History. The British Stripped Bare
By 1794/1795 the eldest son of King George III, The Prince of Wales was drowning in an ever deepening pool of uncontrollable debt and much to his annoyance Parliament would not grant him an increased income to alleviate his self-inflicted problem. The only way to extract any more money from the exchequer was to get … More The Prince of Wales & Caroline of Brunswick
By the time King George IV died in 1830 his brother Prince William, Duke of Clarence had been married to Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen for 11 years. Despite the duke fathering a massive illegitimate family with Mrs Dorothy Jordan, Adelaide had suffered terribly with miscarriages and the death of two infant daughters. The couple’s first daughter, … More The Unpopular Regency Act of 1831
On this day, 29 July 1565 a marriage took place at the Chapel Royal within the Palace of Holyrood House and it has been creating debate ever since. The marriage was between twenty two year old Mary Queen of Scots and nineteen year old Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Both were Catholics and great grand children … More Mary Queen of Scots marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this is surely true of this memorial which the Earl & Countess of Lennox commissioned after the murder of their eldest son Henry, Lord Darnley. He was the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots and in the early hours of 9 February 1567 … More A Memorial to a King of Scotland
On 19 June 1566 the guns were fired at Edinburgh Castle and over 500 bonfires were lit around Edinburgh and its neighbouring communities. The reason for this rejoicing was two fold, not only had Mary Queen of Scots been delivered and survived the birth of her child, but the child was a boy. After … More A Prince is Born
On the 10th April 1512, a boy was born to King James IV of Scots and his wife, Queen Margaret Tudor. The baby was born at Linlithgow Palace, the favourite royal residence of his father, and he was named James, following the tradition of the Stewart kings. James would be the fourth child of six … More King James V of Scotland by Laura Brown
I have been asked many times over the years; “but isn’t your Queen Elizabeth German?” The simple answer is an unequivocal ‘no’. She was born at her maternal grandparent’s London home at 17 Bruton Street, to parents who were both born in Britain. That’s not to say that HM The Queen does not have German … More Just How British is Queen Elizabeth II?