Henrietta Maria

Born: 25th November 1609, Louvre Palace, Paris Daughter of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici Married: Charles I of England, 1625 Queen Consort of England, 1625 - 1649 Died: 10th September 1669, Château de Colombes, France Buried: Basilica of Saint Denis, 13th September 1669 Henrietta Maria was born the daughter of a King,... Continue Reading →

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Prince John

Full name: John Charles Francis Born: 12th July 1905, York Cottage, Sandringham Son of King George V and Mary of Teck Died: 18th January 1919, Wood Farm, Sandringham Buried: St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham History has forgotten the youngest child of George V and Queen Mary, and would have been Uncle to our current Queen.... Continue Reading →

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Matilda of Flanders

Born: c. 1031, Flanders Daughter of Count Baldwin of Flanders and his wife, Adela Married: William of Normandy (Conqueror) c. 1051 Reign as Queen Consort of England: 1066 - 1083 Died: 3rd November 1083, Normandy Burial: Abbey aux Dames, Normandy Queen Consort to William the Conqueror, Matilda's life was anything but ordinary. At only 16-years-old,... Continue Reading →

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George II

Full name: George Augustus Born: 10th November 1683, Hanover, Germany Son of George I of Great Britain and Sophia Dorothea of Celle Married Caroline of Ansbach, 1705 Reign: June 1727 - October 1760 Death: 25th October 1760 Burial: 11th November 1760, Westminster Abbey George II was a king of lasts. He was the last British... Continue Reading →

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Alfred the Great

Born: 848/49, Wantage, Berkshire Son of Æthelwulf, King of Wessex and Osburh Married Ealhswith, 868 Died: 26th October 899 Burial: Hyde Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire, c.1100 To have gained a name like 'Alfred the Great', you have to have made a big impact during your life time, and Alfred certainly did. He was a natural leader... Continue Reading →

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The Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

On the 29th of April 2011, Prince William married Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at Westminster Abbey. The pair had met almost a decade earlier when they enrolled at St Andrews University in Scotland. The small and secluded University provided William with a chance to escape the scrutiny of London and live a normal independent student life.... Continue Reading →

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Princess Feodora of Leiningen

Full name: Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine Born: 7th December 1807, Amorbach, Bavaria Daughter of Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Married: Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 1828 Died: 23rd September 1872, Baden-Baden Many accounts of Queen Victoria imply she was an only child owing to her lonely childhood at Kensington... Continue Reading →

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Anne of Bohemia

Born: 11th May 1366, Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia Daughter of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and Elizabeth of Pomerania Married: Richard II of England, 20th January 1382, Westminster Abbey Died: 7th June, 1394 Sheen Palace Burial: 3rd August, 1394, Westminster Abbey The death of Edward the Black Prince in 1376 greatly knocked the English monarchy.... Continue Reading →

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Charles I

Born: 19th November 1600, Dunfermline Palace, Fife, Scotland Son of James VI of Scotland ( I of England 1603) and Anne of Denmark Married Henrietta Maria of France, 1625, Notre Dame, Paris Reigned: 27th March 1625 - 30 January 1649 Death: 30th January 1649, Whitehall, London. Burial: 9th Feb 1649, St George's Chapel Windsor The... Continue Reading →

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Princess Charlotte of Wales

Full name: Charlotte Augusta Born: 7th January 1796, Carlton House London Daughter of George IV and Caroline of Brunswick Married: Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Died: 6th November 1817, Claremont House, Surrey Buried: 19th November 1817, St George's Chapel, Windsor Princess Charlotte has been forgotten in British royal history owing to her untimely death at only... Continue Reading →

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St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew's Day has been celebrated in Scotland for centuries and more recently it has been marked as an official holiday on 30th November. According to the New Testament, Saint Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee and the brother of Saint Peter. They became the first of Jesus' disciples. Like Jesus, Andrew was martyr for... Continue Reading →

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Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I in her coronation robes, patterned with Tudor Roses, c. 1600. Born: 7th September 1533, Palace of Placentia, Greenwich Daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Reigned: 17th November 1558 - 24th March 1603 Died: 24th March 1603, Richmond Palace Surrey Buried: Westminster Abbey, 28th April 1603 Elizabeth I can be argued as the... Continue Reading →

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Richard the Lionheart

Richard I Born: 8th September 1157, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, England Son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine Married: Berengaria of Navarre, 1191, Chapel of St. George at Limassol, Cyprus Reign: 1189-1199 Died: 6th April 1199, Châlus, Duchy of Aquitaine King Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart owing to his military prowess and success in... Continue Reading →

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George of Denmark

Full name:  George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland Born: 2nd April 1653, Copenhagen Castle Son of  Frederick III of Denmark and Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg Married Queen Anne of Great Britain, 1683 Died: 28th October 1708, Kensington Palace Buried: 13th November 1708, Westminster Abbey George is not well known in British history, despite... Continue Reading →

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William IV

  Full name: William Henry Born: 21st August 1765, Buckingham House (Now Buckingham Palace) Son of George III and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Married: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, 1818 Died: 20th June 1837, Windsor Castle Burial: St George's Chapel, Windsor, 8th July 1837 William was the third son of George III and therefore not expected to... Continue Reading →

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Edward VIII

  Full name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (Prince of Wales 1911- 1936, King of England 1936, Duke of Windsor 1936 - 1972) Born: 23rd June 1894, White Lodge, Richmond Park Son of George V and Mary of Teck Married: Wallis Simpson (born Bessie Wallis Warfield) 1937 - his death Died: 28th May... Continue Reading →

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Catherine of Braganza

Born: 25th November 1638, Palace of Vila Viçosa, Portugal Daughter of King John IV of Portugal and Luisa de Guzmán Married: King Charles II, 21st May 1662, Portsmouth Died: 31st December 1705 Bemposta Palace, Lisbon Buried: Pantheon of the House of Braganza For all the Queen Consorts called Catherine, Catherine of Braganza is possibly the... Continue Reading →

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Grace Kelly

Full Name: Grace Patricia Kelly Born: 12th November 1929, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Daughter of  John B. Kelly Sr and Margaret Katherine Majer Married: Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Died: 14th September 1982, Monaco Buried: Cathedral of Our Lady the Immaculate, Monaco   Grace Kelly was an icon of the Golden era of Hollywood, staring in classic... Continue Reading →

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The Invention of Afternoon Tea

Something often taken for granted is meal times. We are so used to having three meals a day that it can be hard to think of a time when this was not the case. Breakfast, lunch and dinner had been established in the 18th century to fit in with the working day, however lunch was... Continue Reading →

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Lady Jane Grey

Born: C. 1537 in either Leicester or London Daughter of Frances Brandon and Henry Grey Married: Lord Guildford Dudley, 1553 Durham House Died: 12th February 1554, Tower of London Buried: St Peter's Chapel, Tower Green. Lady Jane Grey has gone down in history as the shortest reigning monarch. No, not in height but in 'days... Continue Reading →

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Elizabeth of York

  Born: 11th February 1466, Westminster Palace Daughter of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville Married: Henry VII Died: 11th February 1503, Tower of London Buried: 24th February 1503, Westminster Abbey   If much is known about Elizabeth of York it most probably that she was the mother of Henry VIII and therefore the... Continue Reading →

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Murder of Thomas Becket

    Thomas Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury when he was murdered inside Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. He was born in London in 1120 to wealthy parents as his father was a successful merchant. This meant he received a good education at Merton Priory, before he went to Paris to further study. Through his... Continue Reading →

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Prince Philip

Full name: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (born, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark) Born: 10th June 1921, Mon Repos, Corfu, Kingdom of Greece Son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenburg Married: Queen Elizabeth II, 1947 in Westminster Abbey Died: 9th April 2021, Windsor Castle Being a consort to... Continue Reading →

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Edward VI

  Born: 12th October 1537, Hampton Court Palace Son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour Reigned: 1547- 1553 Died: 6th July 1553, Greenwich Palace Buried: 8th August 1553, Westminster Abbey The only legitimate son of Henry VIII, Edward automatically became his rightful heir from birth.  His life began tragically with his mother, Jane Seymour's death... Continue Reading →

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Henry V

  Born: 16th September 1386, Monmouth Castle Son of Henry IV and Mary de Bohun Reigned: 1413 - 1422 Married: Catherine of Valois, 1420 Died: 31st August 1422, Vincennes, France Burial: Westminster Abbey, 7th November 1422 The King made famous by Shakespeare, Henry V is world renowned as a Warrior King, who defeated the French... Continue Reading →

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Lord Mountbatten

  Full Name: Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, birth name, Prince Louis of Battenburg Born: 25th June 1900, Frogmore House, Windsor Son of Prince Louis of Battenburg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and By Rhine Married: Edwina Ashley, 18th July 1922 Died: 27th August 1979, Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland Burried: Romsey Abbey, Hampshire Lord Mountbatten,... Continue Reading →

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Mary I

    Born: 18th February 1516, Palace of Placentia, Greenwich Daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon Married: Philip of Spain, 1554 Reigned: July 1553 - November 1558 Died:17th November 1558, St James's Palace Buried: 14th December 1558, Westminster Abbey Mary I, Mary Tudor or 'Bloody Mary'; this Queen is world renowned. Much of... Continue Reading →

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Anastasia Romanov

Full title: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikoleavna of Russia Born: 18th June 1901, Peterhof Palace Saint Petersburg Daughter of Tsar Nicolas II and Alexandra of Hesse Died: 17th July 1918, Yekaterinburg Burial: 17th July 1998, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Saint Petersburg The youngest daughter to the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Anastasia was born at a pivotal... Continue Reading →

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George I

Full Name: George Louis Born: 28th May 1660, Hanover Son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick- Luneburg and Sophia of Palatinate Married: Sophia Dorothea of Celle Reigned: 1714 - 1727 Died: 11th June 1727, Schloss Osnabruck Buried: Leineschloss, Hanover. George's connection to the English throne was through his mother, Sophia as she was once of... Continue Reading →

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Queen Elizabeth II

Full Name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Born: 21st April 1926, Mayfair London Daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Married: Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh Reigned: 1952 - present   Princess Elizabeth was born in London in 1926. Upon her birth she was 3rd in line to the throne, however never expected to... Continue Reading →

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Margaret Beaufort

Born: 31st May 1443 Died: 29th June 1509 Margaret was the daughter and heir of John Beaufort 1st Duke of Somerset and great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt a son of Edward III. As a child of nobility she was like many girls of her time, used politically and for advantageous marriages. During her life, Margaret would... Continue Reading →

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Prince Louis of Cambridge

    Full Name: Louis Arthur Charles Born: 23rd April 2018 Son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Residence: Kensington Palace, London and Anmer Hall, Norfolk There is not a lot to say about this little Prince as he is only 9 months old! But he has made a few... Continue Reading →

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Full Name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Born: 2nd May 2015 Daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Residence: Kensington Palace, London and Anmer Hall, Norfolk Princess Charlotte was born on the morning of 2nd May 2015 at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington. She weighed 8lbs 3oz, slightly lighter than her elder... Continue Reading →

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Prince George of Cambridge

  Full Name: George Alexander Louis Born: 22nd July 2013 Son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Residence: Kensington Palace, London & Anmer Hall, Norfolk. George is the first child and son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and therefore the future King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Princess Beatrice

Full Name: Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore Born: 14th April 1857 Married: Prince Henry of Battenberg Died: 26th October 1944 Burial: St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham Princess Beatrice was the fifth daughter and ninth and final child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. As the youngest child, she was affectionately known as ‘Baby’ in the family and... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Prince Leopold

    Full Name: Leopold George Duncan Albert Born: 7th April 1853 Married: Princess Helena of Waldeck and Prymont Died: 28th March 1884 Buried: St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Prince Leopold was born at Buckingham Palace on 7th April. He was the youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and named after the mutual... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Prince Arthur

Full Name: Arthur William Patrick Albert Born: 1st May 1850 Married: Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia Died: 16th January 1942 Buried: Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore Arthur was born at Buckingham Palace in 1850, the  third son and seventh child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It has been suggest that he was his mother's favourite. Like... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Princess Louise

Full Name: Louisa Caroline Alberta Born: 18th March 1848 Married: John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll Died: 3rd December 1939 Buried: Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore Princess Louise was born at Buckingham Palace, the fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She was Christened Louisa Caroline Alberta, however was always known as... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Princess Helena

  Full Name: Helena Augusta Victoria Born: 25th May 1846 Married: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein Died: 9th June 1923 Buried: St George's Chapel, Windsor Princess Helena was born at Buckingham Palace the day after her mother's 27th Birthday. She was the third daughter and fifth child of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and her labour... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Prince Alfred

Full Name: Alfred Ernest Albert Born: 6th August 1844 Married: Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia Died: 30th July 1900 Buried: Royal Mausoleum, Coburg Alfred was born in 1844 at Windsor Castle. Upon his birth, he became 2nd in line to the British throne right behind his elder brother Bertie and remained there until 1864... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Princess Alice

  Full Name: Alice Maud Mary Born: 25th April 1843 Married: Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse Died: 14th December 1878 Buried: Grand Ducal Mausoleum, Rosenhöhe The third child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Alice's birth prompted the royals to buy a new home for their expanding family. Osborne House on the Isle of... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Edward VII

  Full Name: Albert Edward Born: 9th November 1841 Married: Alexandra of Denmark Died: 6th May 1910 Buried: St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle The first son and therefore the heir to the throne, Albert Edward, known as Bertie was born less than a year after his sister Vicky. His choice of name was after his... Continue Reading →

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Queen Victoria’s Children: Princess Vicky

Full Name: Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa Born: 21st November 1840 Married: German Emperor Frederick III of Prussia Died: 5th August 1901 Buried: Royal Mausoleum, Potsdam The first born child to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, Vicky’s birth was an initial disappoint owing to her gender. Nevertheless, her upbringing did not reflect this as... Continue Reading →

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Windsor Series: Mary of Teck

Born: 26th May 1867, Kensington Palace Daughter of Francis, Duke of Teck and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge Married: George V, 6th July 1893 Chapel Royal St. James's Palace Died: 24th March 1953, Marlborough House The grandmother to our current Queen and a personal favourite of Queen Victoria, Mary of Teck spanned two Queen's reigns.... Continue Reading →

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Windsor Series: Queen Mother

Born: 4th August 1900, birth location not known but possibly Westminster or Hertfordshire Daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and Cecelia Cavendish-Bentinck Married: Prince Albert (later George VI) April 1923 Died: 30th March 2002, Royal Lodge at Windsor Queen Elizabeth, more commonly known as the Queen Mother was the 9th of... Continue Reading →

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Windsor Series: George VI

Born: 14th December 1895, York Cottage, Norfolk Son of George V and Mary of Teck Married: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923 Died: 6th February 1952, Sandringham House Norfolk George VI (born Albert Frederick Arthur George, known to the family as Bertie) was born during his great-grandmother Queen Victoria's reign. At this time Britain held a vast Empire... Continue Reading →

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Windsor Series: Princess Margaret

Born: 21st August, 1930, Glamis Castle, Scotland Daughter of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Married: Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1960 - 1978 (divorced) Died: 9th February 2002, Marylebone London Princess Margaret Rose was born during her Grandfather, George V's reign. She was the youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York - the King's second son... Continue Reading →

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Tudor Series: Henry VIII

Born: 28th June 1491, Greenwich Palace Son of Henry Tudor (Henry VII) and Elizabeth of York Married: 1) Katherine of Aragon, 1509 - 1533, 2) Anne Boleyn, 1533 - 1536, 3) Jane Seymour, 1536 - 1537, 4) Anne of Cleves, 1540, 5) Catherine Howard, 1540 - 1542, 6) Katherine Parr, 1543 - 1547. Died: 28th... Continue Reading →

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Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, 1864 – 1918

Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia was how she became more commonly known, however she was born as Princess Elizabeth of Hesse and by Rhine. Her mother was Princess Alice, the third child of Queen Victoria and her father was Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Both her parents died young, her mother in particular was... Continue Reading →

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