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Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire | Sir Isaac Newton drawing discovered 350 years later

Revealed: Sir Isaac Newton drawing discovered on the wall of his Lincolnshire home after...

A drawing by English scientist Sir Isaac Newton has been found etched into a wall at his childhood home, 350 years later A sketch of a windmill, said to have been etched by Sir Isaac...
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...
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...
Mary. Queen of Scots. Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Why Mary, Queen of Scots lived one of the most dramatic lives in British...

The life of Mary, Queen of Scots was dramatic. From the day her father died, when she was a week old, to her death at the hands of an English executioner 45 years later,...
Pippa Stephenson, curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums, with the lost Rubens’ painting ‘George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham’

Lost Rubens painting of Jacobean duke found in Glasgow stately home

Oil painting by leading 17th-century Flemish artist is of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham - a controversial figure in Jacobean times For years it was thought that a portrait hanging in a stately home...
Henry VIII, James VI, William III, Mary Queen of Scots. The Kings and Queens of England and Britain

Kings and Queens of England & Britain: the monarchs who have shaped our history

The monarchy has been at the heart of British life for almost 1,200 years. Whether performing ceremonial duties or ruling absolutely, the Kings and Queens of England and Britain have shaped the direction, character...
Her Majesty the Queen by Isobel Peachey

Elizabeth II: Britain’s longest reigning monarch

HM The Queen's sense of duty has made her one of the world's most respected heads of state. She has been on the throne since 1952 Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Windsor on 21...
The Prince Regent, Later George IV, in Field-Marshal’s Uniform by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Who was George IV? What were his Regency achievements?

King George IV loved the arts, architecture, fashion and furniture, presiding over the Regency era. He reigned from 1820-1830 George IV was Prince Regent since 1811 during his father’s illness. He was eventually crowned king...
George V

Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936  As a descendant of Prince Albert and the...
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit families at Peckham Central School Community Centre

Who was George VI? How did he boost morale during WWII?

King George VI boosted morale during the Second World War but struggled to keep the British Empire together. He reigned from 1936 to 1952  King George VI's place in popular culture has been cemented thanks to...

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