The death of Queen Elizabeth II and accession of King Charles III – The Queen is dead, long live the King!

| September 9, 2022

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and accession of King Charles III – The Queen is dead, long live the King!

I was saddened yesterday to hear the news that Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, had died at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Even though the queen was 96, I was still shocked by the news – she was the only monarch I’ve known, and I admired her immensely. My thoughts are with the family. Here […]

Another Queen Elizabeth with Tudor and Boleyn blood

| June 2, 2022

Another Queen Elizabeth with Tudor and Boleyn blood

As the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee kick off today, I wanted to mark the occasion by drawing attention to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II, like her namesake Queen Elizabeth I, has both Tudor and Boleyn blood. Our present queen is descended from King Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, through his […]

The Top Five Longest Reigning Monarchs

| September 9, 2015

The Top Five Longest Reigning Monarchs

Today I’m delighted to be part of a tribute to our present queen, Queen Elizabeth II, who will later today (around 5.30pm) become Britain’s longest reigning monarch, beating Queen Victoria’s record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. Please see the schedule at the end of this post to enjoy articles by other writers […]

The Tradition of Trooping the Colour

| June 14, 2014

The Tradition of Trooping the Colour

16th June is the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II (her real birthday is 21st April) and it is marked by the traditional Trooping the Colour parade on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, which takes place on the nearest Saturday (today). The parade is carried out by the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) […]