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The Widowhood of Isabella of France

But did she do it? Isabella, Queen of England was widowed on September 21st 1327. But there were no widows weeds for this consort. Isabella had already helped usurp her husband in a coup months before his timely death in Berkeley Castle. But the question that's remained ever since is - did this Queen of England help finish off her husband?
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Queens of England: the House of Norman

Four women wore a consort's crown during the time the House of Norman held the throne. Powerful in their own rights, they became architects of England's new regime. Meet the Norman Queens of England.

Royal Wedding Dresses: Queen Victoria

May is Victoria month, marking two centuries since the start of her story


It's one of the most famous royal wedding dresses of all but very hard to define. The gown worn by Queen Victoria on February 10th 1840 at St James' Palace to marry her already beloved Albert is credited with making white weddings top of every stylish bride's wish list but try and describe it and you might just come a cropper. Of course, there are no photos (well, possibly but that's a whole other great big royal row) and many of the images we have are of the dress on mannequins in exhibitions. But it is a truly beautiful gown and a part of a royal story integral to the history of the British Monarchy. As May, the month marking the 200th anniversary of her birth, gets under way, here's a look at one of Victoria's most famous moments.

The White Queen: a new mystery

This blog began as The White Queen hit TV screens so it seems quite appropriate that as I reboot and refocus, Elizabeth Woodville is making headlines again. This still controversial queen is in the news again as fresh research throws a different light on how she spent her final days.

The Queen's Birthday 2019

(photo ITV still, fair use)
The Queen's 93rd birthday fell  on Easter Sunday which meant we all got a glimpse of the monarch on her special day. And while the papers might have been talking about brothers at war, the Queen did what she always did - smiled and got on with things. On a sunny day in Windsor, she made sure the image of royalty remained calm and serene. Still ruling at 93, here's the Queen's birthday photo album for 2019.

The Queen at 93: from unexpected monarch to greatest of them all

The Queen of England is 93 today. We'll see her at Windsor as she marks Easter with her family. Celebrated today as the longest reigning, the longest lived and perhaps the most beloved of all monarchs, she began life over nine decades ago as a princess with no prospect of a throne.

Queens of England

It's been a bit quiet here recently but all that is about to change. Firstly, thank you for sticking with the blog in its sleepy period. And secondly, let me tell you all about the changes that are coming now that spring is here.