Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • He’s Europe’s youngest king so it’s not surprising to discover that Felipe VI of Spain has the youngest heir on the continent. His first child, Leonor, turns nine today but her first birthday as first in...
  • If the Tudors had trouble finding a spare then the Stuarts had problems keeping them off the throne. In the history of the British monarchy, this one dynasty saw more seconds in line eventually take the...
  • Working out who was the spare suddenly became very difficult in the 15th century as the Houses of York and Lancaster vied for the throne. And even when the Wars of the Roses came to an end...
  • The future queen who was born in Paris on this day in 1401 lived one of the most extraordinary royal lives of her time, if not of any time.  She married a king, gave birth to...
  • Hitting adolescence is a pretty major milestone in most lives.  But for one girl born at the end of October 2001, it’s perhaps even more significant. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen...
  •   There are certain things we expect to see queens doing and some things which are bit more off the beaten regal track.  In the past week, the royal ladies of Europe have packed in plenty of...
  • As the Wars of the Roses took hold of England in the 15th century becoming king was very far from a job for life. With frequent challenges to their rule, the six monarchs that make up...
  • No wonder she’s smiling. Not only has the Duchess of Cambridge passed the all important twelve week mark in her second pregnancy, she is back on duty after almost two months of illness.  She’s also notched...
  • Given that 2015 is already a blockbuster of a royal year and it’s not even started yet, they were perhaps wise to get their names on the calendar now.  Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his...
  • Maternity maths already pointed that way but now it’s been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome baby number two in April 2015. The newest member of the Royal Family will arrive in...
  • Royal saints

    19 Oct 2014
    This week marks Edwardtide, the celebration of the life of Edward the Confessor, which takes place every year starting on October 13th, the anniversary of the translation of his body to his shrine at Westminster Abbey in...
  • During his reign he was known for his love of the beautiful game so it’s perhaps not that surprising that, four months after his abdication, Juan Carlos I has been spotted enjoying a Premier League clash between...
  • Just over a year ago he was the newest monarch in Europe.  Now King Willem-Alexander has seen two more men succeed to their nation’s thrones since his own accession and today, he welcomed one of them...
  • In the early autumn days of 1537, King Henry VIII was celebrating as his court welcomed a prince.  His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread...
  • They are already some of the most famous royal photos taken this year.  On October 10th 2014, the Queen granted Angelina Jolie a private audience in which the Oscar winning star was made an honorary dame.  The meeting...
  • Today marks five hundred years since the marriage of Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, and the French king, Louis XII.  The spectacular ceremony in Abbeville in Northern France transformed Mary into the Queen of France. ...
  • As the 12th century turned to the 13th and on to the 14th many things changed in England but one thing remained the same – the ruling royal house. The Plantagenets took hold of the throne in 1154...
  • The Plantagenet dynasty is the longest reigning in British royal history with its kings taking the helm of the realm for hundreds of years. And decades of a dynasty means a lot of heirs – and a...
  • Prince George is about to get a playmate in the royal nursery and while the siblings will grow up in the same environment, two very different futures await them.  For while George Alexander Louis of Cambridge...
  • When being a queen meant that you had married a king, rather than being a ruler yourself, life stories were told very differently. The queens of yesteryear might have ended up as some of the best...

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