Monday, 16 March 2020

Queens in extraordinary times

I haven't been here for a while, what with life and all that. But life has taken a strange turn. The arrival of coronavirus has changed the way we're all looking at things. And we may all well have more time on our hands. So I'm going to use it doing what I love, writing this blog.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

What's Occurring? The Queen loses the Christmas Day top spot to Gavin and Stacey

She's been the Christmas Day star for the past few years but as the decade draws to a close, the Queen has lost top spot to some long lost favourites. Initial ratings for the UK festive TV ratings shows Her Majesty coming in second to the return of one of the BBC's best loved comedies.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Birth of a Queen: Alexandra of Denmark

Alexandra, Queen of England, was born on December 1st 1844

Daughter to an unexpected king, daughter in law of an unexpected queen, wife to a merry monarch and mother to a regnant and consort, Alexandra of Denmark's calm gaze belies the impact she had on modern royal history. Her royal story began on December 1st 1844 and, 175 years later, it continues to unfold.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Red roses for a king, from the Queen who followed him

He was the king whose actions led to a Conquest seen as the turning point in royal power in England. She is the woman who wears the Crown that was claimed in Conquest and which has wielded power ever since. On a cold October day in London, Elizabeth II left red roses at the tomb of Edward the Confessor, one more chapter in the royal story that links them both and all played out in a building associated with the Monarchy for centuries.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

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?

Monday, 16 September 2019

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.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

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.

Queens in extraordinary times