**Warning – Threat of Sexual Violence** Whilst attending the Queen this evening I witnessed an exchange that will chill me till the day my maker calls me home. The Queen being three months gone with child is keeping much to her chambers here at The Palace of Holyrood House. She is often found in the … More A Rude Awakening for Mary Queen of Scots
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
The Crown of Scotland is kept at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and forms part of the Honours of Scotland, which is the oldest set of royal regalia in the United Kingdom. Unlike its English counterpart, St Edward’s Crown, the Crown of Scotland is the original crown used at Scottish coronations since James V wore the … More The Crown of Scotland
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
In the medieval era the streets of London and its surrounding outskirts were rife with filth, dirt and disease. As a result of this the safest and most hygienic way to travel, if you could afford it was along along the River Thames. It was for this reason amongst others that the kings of … More Greenwich Palace, Palace of Placentia