Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • They might have died decades before TV was even invented but Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are dominating British television screens this week. As BBC One’s EastEnders celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the conclusion of the...
  • February 6th is the day we remember the death of a king and the accession of a queen. Every year we recall the deep sorrow felt by the subjects of George VI on the news of...
  • National Voter Registration Day tried to focus our minds on the General Election that will take place in May 2015 and to encourage everyone to make sure they can put their X on the ballot paper...
  • There is a new favourite with the bookies for a baby girl in the House of Cambridge. Should Kate walk out of St Mary’s, Paddington with a princess in her arms then there is a lot...
  • He’s had a busy few months so making a birthday list probably wasn’t a priority for King Felipe VI of Spain. But January 30th 2015 is a big day for the tallest monarch on the continent. Turning...
  • It’s been a week of cake and creative writing for the Royal Family as January 2015 unfolds. From a very special birthday to an annual tradition here’s a look back at the royal week – in numbers....
  • Fifty years ago Winston Churchill passed into history. He died just after 8am on January 24th 1965 at his home in London. Big Ben fell silent, the lights went off in Piccadilly and the world grieved....
  • Bringing royal history to life in TV drama can be tricky which is partly why I sat down to the new BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall with mixed feelings. Yes, it had all the promise of...
  • There are many things for which the actress Anne Kirkbride, who has died at the age of 60, will be remembered. In her four decades as Coronation Street’s Deirdre Barlow she starred in some of the...
  • Her name has dominated British history for decades and her era was a turning point in the life of her nation. But now the sun really is setting on the Age of Queen Victoria. Just months before...
  •   Less than 24 hours after it launched, the new official Kensington Palace Twitter account – which will keep followers up to date with news about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry –...
  • We’ve only had the briefest glimpse of the TV version of Wolf Hall that will hit our screens this January as trailers for the BBC show begin but already excitement over the show is mounting. Mark Rylance plays...
  • On this day in 1540, one seriously miserable king was letting anyone who’d listen know just how unhappy he was that it was his wedding day. Again. Henry VIII had many shortcomings as a husband (random...
  • It can be a cold, unforgiving month and in British royal history there aren’t too many monarchs who have begun their regal journey as January unfolds. Those destined to reign were far more likely to make their debut...
  •   The festive period is coming to an end, the new year is in full swing and pretty soon the Royal Family will be back in action with a full calendar of public engagements and appearances....
  • As the old year fades and another begins, the final celebrations of the festive season have put the next generation of Europe’s royals centre stage. The New Year speech of Prince Albert II of Monaco gave a starring...
  •   Children, it was once said, should be seen and not heard. But in the two New Year’s Eve royal messages broadcast in Europe on December 31st 2014, young people weren’t just heard, they were the...
  • A picture paints a thousand words and when it comes to telling the royal story of 2014 there are plenty of images to help remember a special and successful year for the Royal Family. I’ve chosen...
  •   It’s been one right royal year but while 2014 has packed a princely punch, the next twelve months promise to be even more regal in their bearing. From major anniversaries to a once in a lifetime...
  • The old year is almost done and a new one is about to begin and, inevitably, our minds turn to the many events that made up the past twelve months. With just days to go until this...

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