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
Marie de Guise, later mother to Mary Queen of Scots, was born in France on 20 November 1515 at Bar-lu-Duc, Duchy of Lorraine. She was the eldest of 12 children born to the powerful Claude, Duke of Guise and his formidable wife Antoinette de Bourbon. Although she went on to marry a French Duke and … More Marie de Guise – A Pivotal Role
In today’s blog I hope to give an accurate account of my recent visit to the Collegiate Church of St Peter, or as its commonly known: Westminster Abbey, and in particular my experience of being very kindly invited to enter the Chapel of Edward the Confessor. Edward was a very pious King who died on … More Chapel of Edward the Confessor
HM The Queen and other female members of the British royal family are often pictured wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara. Just how did this magnificent piece of Russian finery end up in the hands of the Windsors? The Romanov jeweller, Bolin made the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara in 1874 for Marie of Mecklenburg Schwerin … More The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
There are many column inches and social media posts devoted to the title HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will take when her husband HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) becomes King. The facts of the matter are that on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales will become King and … More Time To Move On?
So just why did Queen Victoria stop wearing the Imperial State Crown to public ceremonials? Why are there so many images of her wearing her Small Diamond Crown? The answer lies in her complete devastation and withdrawal from public life after the death of her husband, Prince Albert at Windsor in December 1861. So crushed … More Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown
This week’s news that the Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace needs a £369m refurbishment has caused a public outcry. I hear you say: No wonder the Queen of England is one of the richest women in the world. She owns Buckingham Palace in London, Windsor Castle in Berkshire, The Palace of Holyrood House in … More HM The Queen, What Does She Own?
If you read enough English royal history books, websites or texts you will eventually come across a place called Our Lady of Walsingham. Located between Norwich and King’s Lynn in Norfolk, this place of pilgrimage was built in 1061 during the reign of Edward the Confessor. Though the following centuries English kings and queens frequently … More The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham