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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...
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...
Queen Elizabeth I at prayer, after the frontispiece to Christian Prayers, 1569

Who was Elizabeth I? What was her part in the Spanish Armada?

Queen Elizabeth I presided over an age of discovery that saw the establishment of the English Protestant church, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the flourishing of the arts. She reigned from 1558-1603  The...
King Henry VIII (1491-1547) by the studio of Hans Holbein the younger

Who was Henry VIII? What did he think of his six wives?

King Henry VIII staged six royal weddings, became Ireland's first English monarch and sowed the seeds for a multicultural Britain. He reigned from 1509-1547 We all know King Henry VIII because of his six wives....
King Edward VIII with Wallis SImpson

Who was Edward VIII? Why did he abdicate?

King Edward VIII reigned for less than a year, abdicating so that he could marry American socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson. He was on the throne in 1936 Edward VIII’s reign was Fleeting, fascinating and...
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) by Richard Rothwell (1800-1868) after Thomas Sully

Who was Queen Victoria? What was her role in the British Empire?

Queen Victoria presided over a time of industrial expansion, educational advances, the abolition of slavery and workers' welfare. She reigned from 1837-1901 Queen Victoria was the matriarch of the British Empire. She epitomised the values of...
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