Portait of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland at Knole

Tudor of the month: John Dudley

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, who rose from being a traitor’s son, to the most powerful man in England.

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Bluebirds at the White Cliffs of Dover to mark the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn

Vera Lynn 100: Spitfires fly over the White Cliffs

A day later than planned, Spitfires flew over Dover yesterday to mark the centenary of the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn. Watch the footage here…

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Thurne Dyke Mill on the Norfolk Broads

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Our new issue is OUT NOW. We reveal the magic of the real Narnia as we visit the ancient castles and mountains of Northern Ireland, plus discover the fascinating 900-year history of Edinburgh Castle, take a tour of Britain’s stunning islands, and learn how to dress like a duchess at the new House Style exhibition at Chatsworth and much more… 

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Welcome panel of Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in Westminster

Global art project, Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, has returned to the UK and will be exhibited for the first time in its entirety in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament, London.

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Stargazy Pie

The British pie – 10 fun facts you didn’t know

We’re a nation obsessed by flaky pastry and meaty fillings: pie, considered to be Britain’s national dish, is always on the mind. Here are 10 fun facts you probably didn’t know

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Big Ben

Big Ben’s bong: the science behind its sound

Engineers from the University of Leicester have discovered why London’s iconic Big Ben produces such a distinct bong

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The gardening book that inspired King Henry VIII

We take a look at Henry VIII’s gardening manual, said to have inspired the Great Garden at Whitehall Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1698 Read More »

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Celebrating St David’s Day

The first day of March marks the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Wales, St David or Dewi Sant, and is commemorated as the national day of Wales

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St David’s Cathedral

St David is the patron saint of Wales and the 1 March is commemorated as the anniversary of his death in 589AD.

St David is rumoured to have been educated in Cardiganshire and after, he made his way to Jerusalem where he was appointed as Archbishop. After his pilmgrimages he is said to have settled in Glyn Rhosyn (St David’s) in south-west Wales. Here he established a religious community and the cathedral of St David’s became a popular centre of pilgrimage.

The cathedral stands today on the site of St David’s 6th century monastic settlement. The cathedral has had a tumultuous past with invasions, earthquakes, royal visits and refurbishments. It stands today in Pembrokeshire as a mighty symbol of religious pilgrimage and as a remarkable reminder of Welsh heritage.

David was officially recognized as a Catholic saint in 1120 and the day of his death was decreed as a national festival in the 18th century.

To mark St David’s Day people around Wales wear one of the two national emblems – the leek or the daffodil.

Like any folklore, there is much speculation as to why these two objects exist as national emblems.

Records suggest that rulers of the Tudor dynasty introduced its guards to the wearing of leeks on the national day. One story tells of an ancient king who advised men in battle to wear leeks as they fought against the Saxons to help differentiate between them and the enemy.

The daffodil, however, was more of a seasonal introduction as their spring sprouting coincides with the national day.

Today, an annual colourful parade takes place in the centre of Cardiff and concerts, markets, curated walks and festivals scatter the rest of the land in celebration of this national day.

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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, stately home, dukes and duchesses, Cavendish, Devonshire

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