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Watch video of the Queen’s speech at the State Opening of Parliament

Her Majesty the Queen today marked the State Opening of Parliament by making a speech in the House of Commons. In an address in the House of Commons today the Queen marked the State Opening...
Master of Trinity House, HRH Princess Royal. Credit: The corporation of Trinity House

500 years of Trinity House celebrated with showcase of rarely seen artefacts

To mark 500 years of Trinity House, a National Maritime Museum exhibition is showcasing over 70 artefacts from the guild's archives. Although it may be best known for being the General Lighthouse Authority for England,...

Mary Rose Museum celebrates its 1st anniversary

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth celebrates its 1st anniversary this week, but what do you know about King Henry VIII's favourite ship? Since its discovery in 1971, Mary Rose has enthralled us by giving...
Reconstruction of Richard III's spine. The Lancet

Richard III’s spine is rebuilt by a team of experts

Richard III's spine may not have been as deformed as his ridiculers made out, a post-mortem has revealed. In his play Richard III, William Shakespeare depicted the Platagenet king as a grotesque figure with a...
William Morris National Portrait Gallery

The legacy of William Morris explored in new exhibition

A new show at the National Portrait Gallery will reveal a different side to the artist William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Although he may be best remembered for his beautiful patterned...

Royal Mint releases coin for Commonwealth Games

Welsh athlete Rhys Williams strikes new 50p coin at the Royal Mint, which will enter circulation in time for the Commonwealth Games. The Royal Mint is celebrating the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with...
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Royal love seat of King Edward VIII sold at auction

A seemingly unassuming sofa with a history of royal romance sold yesterday for over £4,000 at auction in Northamptonshire. A pink velvet sofa linked to the amorous activities of a certain royal sold at an...
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Celebrating English Wine Week

English Wine Week takes place from 24 May and is a nationwide celebration of the rich history of winemaking and viticulture in Britain... English Wine Week is approaching and marks the time of year that the...
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Rare handwritten text from Jane Austen discovered

A rare handwritten note from the British author Jane Austen has been revealed at West Dean College in West Sussex. West Dean College, the higher education college in the former home of poet and arts...
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BRITAIN: This week in history 19-25 May

This week in history was peppered with King Henry VIII's marital dramas, plus the birth of our longest reigning monarch... 19 May It was on this day in 1536 that Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King...

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