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HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured at the time of their engagement, 1947. The Queen and Prince Philip 70th wedding anniversary, the longest royal wedding in history

The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Today is the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, making theirs officially the longest royal marriage in British history The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, are celebrating...

The best British Christmas events 2017

The countdown is on, if you want to get in the festive mood, then add one of these traditional British Christmas celebrations to your calendar A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle On select dates from 16...
K West Hotel & Spa sauna and sanarium, Shepherds Bush, London

Kick back in London’s luxurious K West Hotel & Spa

Head west to one of London’s most relaxed hotels and spas... certainly the only one with a snow room Located on the site of a former BBC recording studio, where the likes of Bob Marley,...
Postage stamps, bikes and the London Underground

5 amazing Victorian inventions

From the first photograph to the first bicycle, where would we be without the Victorians? We look at some of the most influential inventions The first photograph William Henry Fox Talbot loved to sketch, but struggled...
Bonfire Night

8 fascinating facts about Bonfire Night

We all ‘remember, remember the 5th of November’ but what exactly are we celebrating? Here, we track down 8 fascinating facts about Bonfire Night.
King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England and Ireland...

Guy Fawkes: the man behind the guy

The effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned throughout Britain at this time of year, but how much do we really know of the famous Gunpowder Plot conspirator? The classic rhyme “Remember, remember the fifth of November" features one of...
Traditional bar at the Anchor Inn, Hampshire | Cosy English Inns | Near Chawton, Jane Austen’s Hampshire

Review: The Anchor Inn, in Jane Austen’s Hampshire

A cosy inn with open fires, but the biggest draw of The Anchor Inn in Hampshire is surely its proximity to Jane Austen’s home in Chawton With its low oak beams and beautifully polished bar,...

How to celebrate a very British Halloween

Stuck for how to celebrate Halloween in Britain? We bring you a handful of the spookiest ways to mark All Hallows’ Eve... Observed annually on 31 October, All Hallows' Eve – a Scottish term better...
Adrian Vanson’s Sir John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane (1589) and an X-ray view which reveals a portrait hidden underneath the top paint layers

Remarkable portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots discovered under 16th-century painting of a man

Unfinished portrait of controversial 16th-century queen Mary Stuart found under painting of Sir John Maitland. The picture may have been painted and then covered up in dangerous times A rare portrait of Mary, Queen of...

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