Dukedoms were introduced to the British Isles by none other than William the Conqueror. Before taking over England, William was the duke of the powerhouse duchy of Normandy in northern France. Thus, the word ‘duke’ is French in origin (duc). This title was never before seen in the British peerage prior to Norman times. Dukedoms finally came into official use in… Read More
HRH Prince Harry of Wales and Miss Meghan Markle: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – May 19th, 2018 Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married May 19th, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The bride’s gown was a sleek, modern number designed by Givenchy. On her dark hair was perched a tiara loaned by the Queen – once worn… Read More
If you’re a royal historian (or if you just like sorting things), you may enjoy drawing the family trees connected to Britain’s monarchy. Royal Family genealogy is fun to do, and making a family tree helps to keep things orderly. God knows the confusion you feel when faced with 20 different Georges or Jameses. So it goes without saying that… Read More
If you love maps like I do, then you’ll be thrilled with the WordPress plugin that generates them to show countries and locations throughout the world. I’ve set up this particular map to show the current European monarchies, principalities, and duchies. Some are too small to show, but are listed: Liechtenstein (Prince Hans Adam II) Monaco (Prince Albert II) Also… Read More
Buckingham Palace “Buck House” – as it is affectionately known – is the official seat of HM The Queen.
Ceremonies are what make the monarchy legendary. Tourism to Britain skyrockets when there is a regal show — accommodation from the simplest hostels to the chicest hotels get fully booked– and people certainly get their money’s worth of majestic pomp and drama. • State Opening of Parliament Though the Queen is a Constitutional Monarch and outside of politics, she is… Read More
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The showdown between British troops and local militia was a bloody affair in Concord, Massachusetts. On April 18, 1775, approximately 700 of Britain’s famous “redcoats” marched from Boston to the town of Concord. General Thomas Gage had been informed that a stockpile of ammunition was being kept there, and he ordered his men to destroy it all. Amazingly, Gage was… Read More
Let’s take a walk through Minute Man National Historic Park! This park provides a window to the world of the Revolutionary War. Located in Concord, Massachusetts, the Minute Man park is named for the militia that could be called on a minute’s notice. David Brown was one such man. He was a 47-year-old captain of one of Concord’s own minute… Read More
This is the portion where royal history hits some pretty rough waters. Presented here are two revolutions – the American revolution and the Russian revolution. What started it all? Where would it end? Who were the major players? These are some of the concepts we will analyze throughout. The American Revolution (1775-1783) The American Revolution produced our independence from Britain…. Read More
These are the working and non-working royals in the family. The list is current as of right now, but will be updated as needed.
This is the current line of succession to the British throne. From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the line is as follows, with the line stopping at the Queen’s eldest grandchildren: HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) HRH Prince George of Cambridge HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge… Read More
Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most famous women in the world, yet she is the most discreet. No one truly knows how the Queen feels, as she prefers to remain outside the fray of celebrity and above political strife. She can – and does – step forward to advise, consult, and warn politicians in her government, but she… Read More