Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch and Empress of India was born in London in 1819 and ruled for nearly 64 years. George III’s only legitimate heir, Princess Charlotte of Wales died in childbirth in 1817, so her death sparked a constitutional crisis so all his unmarried sons were forced to give up their mistresses, find wives…

Royal Birthday: Countess of Wessex

One of Britain’s hardest-working members of the Royal Family, the Countess of Wessex celebrates her 54th birthday on Sunday, 20 January 2019. The Countess of Wessex was born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones at the Ratcliffe Infirmary in Oxford on 20 January 1965. She is the second child and only daughter of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones and the…

Podcast: Edward VIII Letter, Royal Engagement 70 Year Anniversary & Spanish State Visit

Edward VIII's letter goes on sale, 70 years ago since the Queen and Prince Philip announced their engagement, King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrive for a state visit and Malcolm Turnbull's audience. Edward VIII Letter For Sale A letter written by Edward VIII, as Prince of Wales, to his mistress Freda Dudley-Ward in January 1919 is to…