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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...
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit families at Peckham Central School Community Centre

Royal letter about ‘shy’ future king up for sale

Father's note shows intimate portrait of King George VI as a young boy, defending his shy nature against 'too forward' boys of the day King George VI - portrayed by Colin Firth in the 2010...
William Wallace, Scotland's greatest hero

William Wallace, Scotland’s greatest hero

Mel Gibson played him in Braveheart, but William Wallace was, of course, also a real person. He was Scotland’s greatest hero. William Wallace was a knight who became one of the main leaders during the...
King William III (1650-1702) after Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Who were William III and Mary II? What was the Glorious Revolution?

William III and Mary II were joint sovereigns in the 'Glorious Revolution', marking the transition to today's parliamentary monarchy. They reigned from 1689-1702 A Protestant Dutchman of the House of Hague, William was born the sovereign Prince...
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...

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