Henry VII (1485-1509): The Businessman King

Henry VII brought peace, prosperity and national pride to England. His reign ended the bloody Wars of the Roses. He became an outstandingly successful English king. He was born in Pembroke Castle on 28 January 1457. He survived thanks to his mother’s care during the Wars of the Roses. There was little likelihood of ever…

George II of Great Britain (1727-1760)

George II was the last British monarch to lead troops into battle, whilst many great social and political changes occurred during his reign. He was born Georg August on 30 October 1683 (Old Style) at Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, the eldest of two children born to Crown Prince Georg of Hanover and Sophia Dorothea of Celle.…

Charles II Hides In Oak Tree To Escape Oliver Cromwell’s Army

Charles II was forced to hide in an oak tree at Boscobel on 6 September 1651, following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester three days earlier. He was crowned in Scotland and had led a small army across the border to reclaim the English throne which had been lost two years earlier, when…

Grattis! Crown Princess Victoria Celebrates 40th Birthday

Stockholm was in a celebratory mood to celebrate their Crown Princess’s 40th birthday on 14 July 2017 with festivities taking place across the nation for two days. While 14 July is mostly known as Bastille Day, especially in France, it is celebrated as Victoria Day (Victoriadagen) in Sweden, in honour of the Crown Princess’ birthday.…

Podcast: Norwegian Literature Ambassador, State Opening of Parliament & Koningsdag

A forthcoming Coronation later this year, Crown Princess Mette-Marit's new role, Emperor Akihito's abdication news, State Opening of Parliament in Britain, and Koningsdag (King’s Day). Thai Coronation King Maha Vajiralongkorn's forthcoming coronation will take place later this year. Watch this space for more details ... Norwegian Literature Ambassador Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who has organised the…

The Duke and Duchess of York’s 1927 Australian Visit

The Australian Government invited the Duke and Duchess of York for the opening of Parliament House, Canberra, as part of a gruelling and exhausting tour. Albert Duke of York (George VI) and the Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth) were also representing Britain and its Empire’s trading interests, so their visit was of great importance to…

Podcast: Royal Baby, New Thai King & Prince Harry’s Visit Continues

A royal stuff-up at Windsor Castle, royal baby news, new Thai King proclaimed, Prince Harry's Caribbean visit continues, including technical difficulties. Royal Christmas Tree Controversy A right royal stuff-up when Coburg officials delivered a Christmas tree for Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Listen to this week's show to find out more details. See some of…

Podcast: Scottish Parliament, Crown Princess Mary Vogue Cover Girl & Prince George’s Big Day Out

Queen Elizabeth addresses Scottish Parliament, Canada's invitation, Denmark's Crown Prince Couple on Vogue Australia's cover, William and Kate take Prince George to an air show and Prince Harry urges people to be tested for HIV/Aids. Opening The Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament "We all live and work in an increasingly complex and demanding world, where…

Podcast: Bacton Altar Cloth, Heads Together, Norway’s National Day & Queen’s 90th Birthday

An exciting discovery dating back to Queen Elizabeth I's reign, Heads Together launch, King Jigme thanks medical team, Norway's Constitutional Day and 90th Birthday Celebrations fit for a Queen. Bacton Altar Cloth Find out about this very exciting discovery from Historic Royal Palaces about the history behind the altar cloth, dating back to the reign…

Britain’s State Opening of Parliament 2016

Queen Elizabeth II delivered her speech amidst pomp, ceremony and tradition at the State Opening of Parliament on 18 May 2016. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's procession, escorted by the Household Cavalry, arrived at London's Houses of Parliament in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Another carriage travels ahead with the Imperial State Crown…