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Our first show for 2015, with Prince Philip’s knighthood, remembering Auschwitz 70 years later, King Charles I and Winston Churchill.

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The Queen’s Wattle Brooch

An exhibition, A Fine Possesion: Jewellery and Identity, at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney features the Queen’s Wattle Brooch, which is on loan until 30 April.

The Queen's Australian Wattle Brooch. Photo courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

Photo courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

Visit the Powerhouse Museum for more details.

Remembering The Holocaust

The Queen’s message on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (pictured above), King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg attended the anniversary service.

Auschwitz was one of the most notorious of the concentration camps run by the Nazis during World War II, where allegedly over a million people lost their lives in the camp. The majority of these prisoners were Jewish.

 

Prince Philip, Knight of the Order of Australia

 

Prince Philip was awarded the Australia’s highest honour as a Knight of the Order of Australia, and discover why this has caused controversy in Australia.

On This Day

1649: King Charles I was beheaded for treason and other crimes against the realm of England. He was canonised as a saint and martyr in 1662.

A contemporary German print showing the 1649 execution of Charles I outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

A contemporary German print showing the 1649 execution of Charles I outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

1945: Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, becomes Australia’s first royal Governor-General, as he replaces Lord Gowrie. The Duke of Gloucester’s term lasted until his resignation on 11 March 1947.

HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Source: National Library of Australia.

HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Source: National Library of Australia.

1965: Wartime leader and former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was given a state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK.

Winston Churchill giving his famous 'V' sign—on 20 May 1940, just ten days after Churchill became Prime Minister, German troops reached the English Channel. Source: British Government

Winston Churchill giving his famous ‘V’ sign—on 20 May 1940, just ten days after Churchill became Prime Minister, German troops reached the English Channel. Source: British Government