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From the Bronze Age to the modern-day Royals, the isles of Scilly to Sir Walter’s Scott’s Scottish Borders, in this issue we travel the length and breadth of Britain’s history and geography

Begin with the Bronze Age in the beautiful Isles of Scilly, which hold the greatest concentration of archaeological sites in the country. Then skip a few centuries to alight in Warwickshire, whose Tudor houses run the gamut from a manor that hosted Elizabeth I to the humble cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare was born. 

Next, join the Georgians to take the waters – and take in the architecture – in glorious Bath; and two centuries after he became king, find out why George IV barred his wife from his own coronation. Fast forward to read about Her Majesty the Queen’s wedding day before returning to the present day in our new back-page series, in which the Show Manager of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gives us an insider’s view of the most prestigious garden event in the world.

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A taste of the issue…

Scilly season

The Bronze Age burial chamber of Bant’s Carn. Credit: Roger Driscoll/Alamy

There’s a higher density of historical sites on the jewel-like Scilly Isles than anywhere else in the country, so set sail for a voyage through British history.

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On the Tudor trail

The 16th-century Charlecote Park near Stratford-upon-Avon. Credit: Christopher Nicholson/Alamy

From the castle that hosted Elizabeth I to the humble dwelling where Shakespeare was born, Warwickshire is blessed with a host of Tudor sights.

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The unhappy couple

The wedding of George and Caroline at St James’s Palace on 8 April 1795. Credit: public domain sourced/access rights from The Picture Art Collection/Alamy

The tale of George IV and Caroline of Brunswick, surely the worst-matched royal couple in history, is one of secret wives, scheming mistresses, spying courtiers – and scandal galore.

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