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
The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula lies within Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Palace & Fortress of the Tower of London. To begin with the original Parish church building was outwith the Tower walls until 1240 when Henry III expanded the Tower and brought the existing Saxon building within the Tower walls. However less than 46 … More The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula