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A true British institution, the Royal Family is considered to be one of the country’s main attractions. From their illustrious palaces and their intriguing traditions to their deep roots in Britain’s history, the Monarchy continues to be a symbol of the nation.
With HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall winning over the hearts of the world, there’s never been a better time to be a Royal

Who was Charles II? Why was he called the ‘Merry Monarch’?

Charles II ran a hedonistic court, despite the early years of his reign being marred by the bubonic plague and Great Fire of London. He reigned from 1660-1685

King Charles I (1600-1649) on Horseback by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Who was Charles I? Why was he beheaded?

King Charles I’s belief that he could rule without parliament led to the outbreak of the English Civil War. he reigned from 1625 to 1649

Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567 

A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329

Diana, our Mother: Her Life and Legacy – Princess Diana with a young Prince William and Prince Harry. Screenshot from documentary. Not for reuse

Princes Harry and William open up about Princess Diana

In a new documentary ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death, Princess Diana’s two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, have opened up about the grief they suffered following the death of their mother

Queen Victoria's Garden terrace Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria’s secret garden terrace opens to the public

A garden terrace where Queen Victoria sat and painted watercolours at her Isle of Wight home, Osborne House, is opening to the public

King henry VIII, Kings and Queens of England and Britain, history of the British monarchy, British history

Kings and Queens of Britain: FREE guide

Want to know more about the reign of King Henry VIII or the first Stuart King of England, James I? Then grab a cup of tea and sit down with your FREE 32-page Kings and…

Engraving of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots: the six-day-old queen

Executed for treason by Queen Elizabeth I, we uncover the key life events of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned for 19 years.

Emanuel, Princess Diana

Discover Princess Diana’s style at Kensington Palace

A fabulous exhibition of fashion icon Princess Diana’s stunning outfits explores her public style at her former home, Kensington Palace.

Victorian Christmas

The Victorian origins of Christmas traditions

Why do we send cards, eat turkey and decorate a tree at Christmas? Here’s our run down of how and why we celebrate the festive season the way we do.

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