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The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace September 12, 1937 after the coronation of King George VI. King George VI (R) stands with Princess Elizabeth (C) and Princess Margaret. Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret died peacefully in her sleep at 1:30AM EST at the King Edward VII Hospital February 9, 2002 in London. (Photo by Getty Images)

Watch: The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned on 12 May 1937 following the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to the media at Windsor Castle following the birth of his son on May 06, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry turns 35! Our Favorite Photos Over The Years

Prince Harry turned 35 this weekend. To mark the occasion, lets take a look at some of our favorite photos of him over the years

King George VI (1895 - 1952) and Queen Elizabeth (1900 - 2002) survey some of the damage after the bombing of Buckingham Palace, London, during the Second World War. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Friday 13th: The Day Buckingham Palace Was Bombed

Friday the 13th has always brought bad luck. Even to Buckingham Palace

Olivia Colman and Toby Menzies as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

The Crown's Creator Peter Morgan Runs Storylines By The Queen

Ahead of the release of The Crown season three, it's been revealed that the team behind The Crown meet with the Palace to discuss storylines 

British Conservative Party politician and Prime Minsiter of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013) at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, UK, 10th October 1980. (Photo by Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Who is Your Favorite British Prime Minister?

There have been some fascinating British Prime Ministers over the years. Here's some of the more notable ones.

Olivia Colman for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz

WATCH The Crown's Olivia Colman Answer Vogue's 73 Questions

Ahead of her star turn as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of The Crown, watch Olivia Colman answer Vogue's 73 questions

5th February 1952: Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh admiring the view from a bridge in the grounds of Sagana Lodge, their wedding present from the people of Kenya

The Day The Duchess of Wales Became Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Philip told his wife that her father had died and she was now Queen, his cousin has revealed 

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901), monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death. From 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India. According to her, a whole era was named - the Victorian Era. Woodcut engraving, published in 1881.

Watch: Queen Victoria's Funeral Procession

The funeral of Queen Victoria broke royal protocol in every way and changed the way we mourn monarchy forever 

Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900 - 1979), with his nephew Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Royal Marines uniforms at the regiment\'s barracks at Eastney, Hampshire, 27th October 1965

The Real Reason Prince Philip Never Became First Sea Lord

First Sea Lord is the highest position in the British navy, and Prince Philip couldn't take on the role because of his wife

Queen Elizabeth II records the Commonwealth Day Message in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace on February 11, 2010 in London, England. During her speech the Queen warned that the internet remains an \"unaffordable option\" for too many people across the world. Photo by Lewis Whyld-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Interested in Working With Queen Elizabeth? She's Hiring!

Have you ever dreamed of working with Queen Elizabeth? This is for you!

British Conservative Party politician and Leader of the Opposition Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013) having a cup of tea, UK, 20th January 1978

Gillian Anderson Confirmed To Play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown

Season three of The Crown will air in November, so casting has begun for season four with Gillian Anderson already confirmed for the Margaret Thatcher role 

Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen\'s actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Who is Lady Louise Windsor? Meet The Queen's Favourite Grandchild

A royal insider recently revealed that the Queen's favourite grandchild is Lady Louise Windsor, eldest child of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Brian O\'Driscoll , Irish rugby captain before a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen\'s visit to Ireland is the first by a British monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car-free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)

How Does Queen Elizabeth Remember Everyone's Name?

Queen Elizabeth meets a huge amount of people every year. Here's how she remembers them.

King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) during his short reign. He was created the Duke of Windsor in 1937 after his abdication in December 1936

Letters Prove Edward VIII Believed The Monarchy Had No Future

New letters written by Edward VIII to a former girlfriend show that the Queen's uncle had little faith in the monarchy and didn't want to become king 

Princess Charlotte, with by her father, the Duke of Cambridge, and mother, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, arriving for her first day of school at Thomas\'s Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Princess Charlotte Has Started School! Here's Our Favorite Photos Of Royals At School

Princess Charlotte has finally started school. Here's a collection of the best Royal moments at school

 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle Has Hired A Crisis Management Firm, But Does She Need It?

Meghan and Harry have come under fire in recent weeks for some poor decision making on their part. What do you think of Meghan's reaction to it?

Queen Elizabeth II greets the new Dean of the Chapel Royal Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, and outgoing Dean of the Chapel Royal the Right Reverend Lord Chartres during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on July 11, 2019 in London, England

Where Do The Royal Family Actually Live?

Which members of the royal family live in which castles? We take a look at the homes of Queen Elizabeth and her family 

23rd September 1975: The Duchess of Windsor (nee Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896 - 1986), dining with friends at the Paris nightclub Maxim\'s

Wallis Simpson Refused To Return Family Heirlooms Claims Lord Mountbatten's Daughter

The daughter of the late Lord Mountbatten has revealed how her father struggled to recover family heirlooms from Wallis Simpson after they were taken by Edward VIII

Maggie Smith as Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham

Watch: Dowager Countess Bites Back In Downton Abbey Movie

The Downton Abbey movie hits cinemas next month, and in the latest clip to be released reveals that the Dowager Countess shows no signs of slowing down

 Meghan Markle during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WATCH: Meghan Markle Gives Patrons The Surprise Of A Lifetime

Meghan Markle has surprised patrons at a photo shoot for her brand. Take a look

1897: The Prince of Wales (1841 - 1919), at Sandringham in Norfolk. After serving for 60 years as Prince of Wales, he succeeded his mother Queen Victoria as King Edward VII in 1901.

7 Secrets King Edward VII Would Rather You Didn't Know

Including how King Edward VII lost his virginity, how he spent his free time and what his sexual preferences were

23rd June 1948: Lord Louis Mountbatten , the last Governor General from Britain waving a cheery farewell to the crowds in Delhi

Was Lord Mountbatten In An Open Marriage?

A new biography about Lord Mountbatten details how "devastated" he was with his wife Edwina's affairs.

The Princess of Wales with her sons William and Harry on the chair lift during a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria, April 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Diana, William, and Harry: Magical Moments

With the anniversary of Diana's death incoming, we decided to look at some of our favorite moments shared between Diana, William, and Harry

The Prince and Princess of Wales return to Buckingham Palace by carriage after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Princess Diana: Her Early Years In The Spotlight

With the anniversary of Diana's death incoming, we decided to take a look at some of our favorite photos of the late princess over the years.

Timothée Chalamet as King Henry V in The King

A Cheat's Guide To King Henry V Ahead Of The King's Release

The King, a film based on the life on King Henry V will be released later this year, staring Timothée Chalamet in the eponymous role. But what's so important about Henry V?

Lord Louis Mountbatten assassinated by the IRA 40 years ago today

On this day, August 27, in 1979, Mountbatten and three members of his holiday party died after the IRA blew up his boat

Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles, on her first birthday at Park House, Sandringham. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Princess Diana: Our Favorite Childhood Photos

Princess Diana's death anniversary falls on the 31st August. To mark the occasion, we decided to put together several pictures series of the late princess.

1843: His Royal Highness Prince Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819 - 1861), Consort to Queen Victoria. Original Publication: From a miniature by Robert Thorburn ARA, engraved by Francis

5 Facts About Prince Albert

As we celebrate his 200th birthday, here's five unknown facts about Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria 

Queen Elizabeth II raises her hand during a downpour as she stands with (L-R) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 16, 2007 in London. Each year the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is commemorated with a military parade and march-past of fully trained, operational troops from the Household Division

The One Things The Queen & Her Heirs Always Travel With

What do Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Harry always travel with?

The River Thames

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We need your help! Take our survey and help us improve the BHT experience.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England

Prince Andrew & Jeffrey Epstein: Everything You Need To Know

As Buckingham Palace release a statement denying all allegations made against Prince Andrew as part of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, we take a look at the pair's history 

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002) arrives in England after her tour of Canada, 12th August 1958.

Princess Margaret: Our Favorite Photos Over The Years

Princess Margaret lived a life like no other. Check out our favorite photos of the late Royal

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne, Princess Royal look on as Queen Elizabeth II cuts a Women\'s Institute Celebrating 100 Years cake at the Centenary Annual Meeting of The National Federation Of Women\'s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

What Is Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Dessert?

Did you know Queen Elizabeth has a sweet tooth? Here's what she likes best.

9th September 1979: Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attending the funeral of Earl Louis Mountbatten (1900 - 1979) in full Naval regalia Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images

The Crown To Show The Relationship Between Prince Charles and Prince Philip

The Crown returns this November and Toby Menzies, who plays Prince Philip, has confirmed that this series will examine the relationship between the prince and Charles 

Lord Louis Mountbatten (1900 -1979) wearing the Veterans of Foreign Wars Merit Award, presented to him by the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for outstanding service in World War II, circa 1965.

FBI files allege Lord Mountbatten, murdered by the IRA, was a pedophile

Recently released FBI files on Prince Charles' uncle Lord Mountbatten, killed by an IRA bomb 40 years ago, describe him as "homosexual with a perversion for young boys." 

11th June 1953: Princess Mary the Princess Royal (left) with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) and Prince Charles and Princess Anne on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Everything You Need To Know About Princess Mary, The Princess Royal

She's the Queen's aunt and a character in the new Downton Abbey movie, but who was Princess Mary?

Peterloo Massacre by Hablot Knight Browne

What Was The Peterloo Massacre?

A peaceful protest which turned violent when private militia were set upon 60,000 protesters in Manchester - killing 18 and injuring over 650

Meghan and Queen Elizabeth

Which Member Of The Royal Family Is The Most Popular?

Ever wondered who are the most popular Royals? Thanks to YouGov, now we can find out. And you might just be surprised at who made the top ten!

Princess Anne looks over the America\'s Cup Village from the Team New Zealand base during the first day of her 4 day tour in New Zealand.

Our Favorite Photos Of Princess Anne Over The Years

Princess Anne celebrates her 69th birthday today. Here's our favorite photos of her over the years

The Duke (1894 - 1972) and Duchess of Windsor (1896 - 1986) arrive by train in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 16th December 1964

Wallis Simpson & The Royal Title That Can't Be Used Again

The Duke of Windsor title is unlikely to ever be used in Royal circles again after Edward VIII

York Minster

5 Of Our Favorite Things To Do In York

York is one of the UK's premier travel destinations. It combines history, culture, and architecture to make it something special.

Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill

The Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, According To The Lonely Planet

What did Lonely Planet choose as the UK's top attraction?

Princess Diana

'Diana' The Musical Is Set To Hit Broadway Next Year

Princess Diana's life is set to be remembered in a brand new musical hitting Broadway next year

3 Of The Best British Historical Mysteries

There are dozens of unsolved murders and curious causes throughout Britain's noted history, we take a look at three of the best 

2nd June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth Reveals Where Her Father Hid The Crown Jewels During WWII

A new documentary has revealed that in order to protect the royal jewels from the Nazis, they were hidden In a biscuit tin, 60 feet below Windsor Castle 

Still from ITV\'s Victoria of a funeral during the Great Hunger.

British “horrified” by brutal Irish Famine episode of “Victoria” drama

Public outcry on Twitter as many British realize horrors of Ireland’s Great Hunger for the first time.

Princess Margaret travelling to her wedding in the Royal Coach

The Story Behind Princess Margaret's Wedding Tiara

Her wedding to Anthony Armstrong Jones in 1960 was one the grandest royal occassions we've ever seen, but did you know that Princess Margaret bought her own tiara rather than borrow one from the Queen?

Maggie Smith as Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, photographed on the set of Downton Abbey, at Shepperton Studios, in Surrey

Downton Abbey: New Cast Pictures & New Story Details

The Downton Abbey cast reunite for an exclusive photoshoot and share some insider gossip on the movie's plotline

Princess Beatrice attends a lunch after the National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen at The Guildhall on June 10, 2016 in London, England

Who is Princess Beatrice?

She's ninth in line to the throne, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter and a blood princess, who exactly is Princess Beatrice?

the Sutton Hoo Helmet on display in the new gallery \'Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300-1100\' in the British Museum on March 25, 2014 in London, England. The exhibition in the museum\'s early medieval collections marks 75 years since the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure. The gallery\'s centrepiece are the archelogical finds from the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk; one of Britain\'s most spectacular and important discoveries.

Revisiting The Sutton Hoo

A national fundraising campaign is set to “Make Ship Happen” for a £1 million project to build a full-size reconstruction of the 7th century Sutton Hoo ship

Henry Talbot & Tom Branson

Does Tom Branson Find Love In The Downton Abbey Movie?

Is love in the air for Downton Abbey favourite Tom Branson as we gear up for the movie release?

Jacqueline Onassis (1929 - 1994), wife of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis and former wife of assassinated US president John F Kennedy, at London Airport

What Jackie Kennedy Really Said After Dinner With The Queen

How accurate is the The Crown's depiction of the 1961 meeting of the Kennedys and Queen Elizabeth II?

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

First Look: The Crown Season 3's Trailer

Fans of The Crown can officially start their season three countdown, as Netflix confirm the royal drama will return in November. Here's everything we know so far

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to New Zealand, March 1970. (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Getty Images)

What To Expect When Queen Elizabeth II Dies

As the word's longest reigning monarch, there's an entire generation of people who have never known life without Queen Elizabeth. But what will actually happen when she dies? What protocol is followed when a reigning monarch dies?

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle Has Started Her Own Clothing Line

Meghan Markle has started her own clothing line. What do you make of it?

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala at National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, EnglandQueen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) and Princess Beatrice attend a Maundy Thursday Service at York Minster on April 5, 2012 in York, England

Princess Beatrice Doesn't Need The Queen's Permission To Get Married & Here's Why

If rumours are to be believed the next royal wedding could be that of Princess Beatrice, but unlike her cousins, Beatrice doesn't need Queen Elizabeth's approval

Tower bridge and the sky London skyline at night in London, England

5 Things You Have To Do In London

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Here's five of our favorite things to do when you visit

Foyle\'s War

Foyle's War Is The Most Missed British TV Show Of The 21st Century

Foyle's War has beated Downton Abbey as the most missed British TV show of the 21st Century, according to a new poll from The Radio Times 

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day.

Have You Seen This Incredible Footage of Queen Elizabeth on Her Wedding Day?

Have you seen this amazing footage of Queen Elizabeth's wedding day? Take a look!

 Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England

4 Royal Rules That Are No Longer Enforced

Think you know all the rules of royal life? Think again, here's some royal rules that are no longer enforced the way they once were 

Meghan Markle

First Look: Meghan Markle's Vogue Cover Revealed

Meghan Markle's September issue of Vogue's cover has been revealed. Read more and let us know what you think.

The Duke of Sussex

Our Favorite Photos From Prince Harry's Visit To Sheffield

Prince Harry has spent some time in Sheffield this week. Here's what he got up to

Enjoy A Taste Of Home Thanks To British Corner Shop

Enjoy a taste of home thanks to British Corner Shop 

Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth

Boris Johnson Has Met With Queen Elizabeth, But Did He Break Royal Protocol?

Boris Johnson has met with the Queen and accepted the position of Prime Minister. He has also broken Royal protocol. Read more to find out what happened.

How To Get The Best Shots Of Britain's Most Famous Landmarks

Here's some expert advice on how to get the best shot of Britain's most famous landmarks - to make sure you can make all your friends jealous!

Balmoral Castle

Inside Balmoral Castle - Queen Elizabeth's Holiday Home

Queen Elizabeth will be setting off on her holidays to Balmoral Castle very soon. How much do you know about this incredible place?

Rose Williams and  Theo James in Sanditon

WATCH: The Trailer for Jane Austen's Sanditon

It's finally here, our first look at ITV's big budget production of Sanditon, Jane Austen's last manuscript 

Boris Johnson

Who is Boris Johnson? A Look Into Britain's New Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been named Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Here's what we know about him.

An artists illustration of the Alan Turing 50 GBP bank note unveiled by The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney at the Manchester Science and Industry Museum on July 15, 2019 in Manchester, England. The general public were asked to \'Think Science\' and nominate characters from the field of science for the next £50. Alan Turing was selected from over 200,000 nominations for nearly 1000 eligible scientists. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Who Is Alan Turing & Why Is He The New Face Of The New £50 Note?

The Royal Mint recently revealed that WWII code breaker Alan Turning will be the face of its new £50 note. But who is Alan Turning and what's made him so iconic?

Prince George

Happy Birthday! Kate and William Have Shared Some Lovely Photos Of Prince George

Prince George has turned 6 years old. Here's some amazing photos his parents have shared with us.

Prince George

Adorable! The Cutest Photos Of Prince George Ahead Of His Birthday

Prince George's birthday is just around the corner. Here's some of our favorite moments of his leading up to it!

Queen Elizabeth II as she views the exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria

Can Queen Elizabeth Get Away With Murder?

Is Queen Elizabeth immune to the law? Lets find out...

The Queen cutting a cake

How's Your Cooking? Buckingham Palace Is Hiring A Chef!

Buckingham Palace are hiring. Any prospective chefs should take a look at this.

Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth

Does Queen Elizabeth Do An Uncanny Impression of Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher?

Queen Elizabeth allegedly has a hidden talent. Read more to find out all about it.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Five Of The Lesser Known British Royals

How much do you know about these lesser known royals?

9: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the NIAB

Queen Elizabeth Takes To Twitter After The English Cricket Team Wins The World Cup

England have won the Cricket World Cup! The Queen took to Twitter to congratulate the side.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waits to present the trophy to Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the trophy ceremony following the Men\'s Singles final between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships

What A Match! Our Favorite Photos From The Wimbledon Final As Kate Stuns Again

Wimbledon came to a dramatic close yesterday as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a 5 set thriller. Here's our favorite photos from the day, as well as some extras thrown in!

A crown seized by British troops at the battle of Maqdala in 1868 in Ethiopia is pictured at an exhibition, “Maqdala 1868: A Reflection on the 1868 Siege and Battle at Maqdala,\" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Ethiopia wants treasures like this to be returned, part of a growing call for the restitution of treasures taken by European countries during the imperial age

Britain Is Refusing To Return Ancient Ethiopian Treasures

The British Museum has once again refused to return ancient artifacts from the Ethopian Orthodox church even though, under Ethiopian traditions, nobody except holy men are allowed to view them

Royal Security Breach At Buckingham Palace

A man has reportedly broke into Buckingham Palace while the Queen slept just metres away, sparking fears within royal circles of a major security breach

Queen Elizabeth

WATCH: Have You Seen This Incredible Footage of Queen Elizabeth Planting a Tree?

Queen Elizabeth has proven no one is too old to swing a shovel. Take a look at this video.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Hampton Court Flower Festival with children from Hampton Hill junior school at Hampton Court Palace on July 1, 2019 in London, England. The Duchess visits her Back to Nature Garden at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival that she co designed with Andrée Davies and Adam White (Photo by Heathcliff O\'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Did You Know Kate Middleton Will Inherit This Title When The Queen Dies

As Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton's title as Duchess of Cambridge will automatically change when Queen Elizbabeth II either dies or steps down

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Style: What To Expect

Sure the storylines kept us hooked, but the style throughout Downton Abbey was part of the reason it captured our attention quite so much. So, what can we expect from the movie on the fashion front?

Kathleen \'Kick\' Kennedy.

The Forgetten Love Story of JFK's Sister Kick Kennedy & the Marquess of Hartington

When she died, aged 28,Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy had already been widowed and was embroiled in an scandalous affair with a married English man

Archie\'s Christening

Congratulations Archie! Here's Our Favorite Photos From Archie's Christening

Baby Archie was christened this weekend. Have a look at some of our favorite photos from the day!

Charlie van Straubenzee and Prince Harry

Who is Charlie van Straubenzee? Everything You Need To Know About Archie's Godfather

Who is Charlie van Straubenzee, Prince Harry's friend who was chosen as Archie's godfather

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of \'Star Wars: The Last Jedi\' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth Gave William & Harry This Piece Of Advice & They Stuck To It

This one piece of advice that Queen Elizabeth II gave Prince William and Prince Harry has stood them in good stead for their lives as working royals 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the Men\'s Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

The Royals At Wimbledon: Our Favorite Photos Over The Years

There has always been close ties between the Royal Family and Wimbledon. Read more to see some of our favorite photos of the Royals enjoying the tournament.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo cast rehearsel at Redford Barracks on August 2, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Princess Anne Is Once Again The Hardest Working Royal

The latest statistics from the Press Association are just in, and shows that Princess Anne is the hardest working royal

Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone

There's A New Harry Potter TV Show In The Works

Apparently Warner Bros. is in the very early stages of developing a Harry Potter TV show for their upcoming streaming service. What do you think?

Princess Diana's 'Favourite Sweater' To Be Auctioned For Thousands

A sweater once owned by Princess Diana is set to be auctioned next month, with experts predicting it could be sold for as much as $5,000

 Prince George of Cambridge looks at his sister Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in her pram as he leaves the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for her christening

Royal Christening Photos From Over The Years

In honour of baby Archie's christening this weekend here's a roundup of our favourite royal christenings from years gone by

Tower Bridge skyline (1910)

125 Years of Tower Bridge

Happy Birthday Tower Bridge! After 125 years, we take a look at some of the defining moments in the history of Tower Bridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Josh Evans at photography workshop for Action for Children, run by the Royal Photographic Society

Snap! Here's Our Favorite Photos From Kate Middleton's Photography Workshop

Kate Middleton has been named patron of the Royal Photography Society. Here's some of our favorite snaps from her workshop this week.

First Look: Behind The Scenes On Bond 25

WATCH: This first look at the Bond 25 team filming in Jamaica 

Brighton Pier

What's In The July / August Issue of British Heritage Travel Magazine

The new issue of British Heritage Travel magazine is out, and as always it's jampacked with everything you need to know about Britain

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at Trooping The Colour, the Queen\'s annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

POLL: Harry and Meghan's New Cottage Cost $3.5M. Should The Taxpayer Foot The Bill?

The Royal Family receives a huge amount of funding every year from the public. Should they? Take our poll and have your say

Queen Elizabeth II at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 press day at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How Much Do The Royal Family Cost The Tax Payer? Last Year It Was £67m

Ever wondered how much the royal family cost the tax payer? Last year it was £67 million 

A teaser image from HBO\'s upcoming untitled \'Game of Thrones\' prequel.

Game of Thrones Prequel Starts Filming In The UK

HBO has begun production on the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series in the UK

Engraving From 1876 Of King Henry VIII

5 Things You Never Knew About Henry VIII

King Henry VIII ruled England for 36 years, yet his reign remains known for his love affairs and marriages more so than his achievements - how much do you know?

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1

Why Have Meghan And Harry Split From The Royal Foundation?

Harry and Meghan have announced a split from the Royal Foundation. Here's why.

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in a horse carriage on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

A Day At The Races! Here's Our Favorite Photos From Royal Ascot

The races at Royal Ascot is one of the best weeks of the year. Here's our favorite photos so far!

Prince William's Convoy Has Collided With An Elderly Woman

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's convoy collided with an elderly woman this Monday. Read more to find out the details.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after the Order of the Garter Service

Our Favorite Photos From The Order Of The Garter Service

The Order of the Garter service is one of the Royal Family's most loved events of the year. Here's our favorite pictures from the event.

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton

Did Someone Really Pull a Pizza Prank On Buckingham Palace?

An unexpected delivery came to Buckingham Palace last week. Will we finally find out if the Queen likes pineapple on pizza?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Jackie Kennedy and her children John Jr. and Caroline during the inauguration of Britain\'s Kennedy memorial at Runnymede.

Have You Seen This Footage Of Queen Elizabeth Honoring JFK?

This extraordinary footage from the old British Pathé newsreels shows Queen Elizabeth paying tribute to President Kennedy. Have you seen it?

Egypt Tries To Halt Christie\'s Sale Of 3,000-Year-Old King Tutankhamun Statue

Egypt Tries To Halt Christie's Sale Of 3,000-Year-Old King Tutankhamun Statue

The Egyptian embassy in London is seeking UNESCO's help in halting the sale of a 3,000-year-old sculpture of King Tutankhamun, which is due to be auctioned in Christie's next month 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the \'Together: Our Community\' Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018

Meghan Markle Set To Edit Vogue's September Issue

The Duchess of Sussex is set to guest edit the prestiguous September issue of Vogue

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan Celebrate Pride Month - But Have They Broken Royal Protocol?

Harry and Meghan have stepped out in support of Pride Month, but has this broken royal protocol? Read more to find out.

The two World War I medals found belonging to Private Patrick Ryan.

Search for relatives of Irish WWI hero comes to an end

The search for relatives of a soldier who won two medals in the First World War has come to an end, with no relatives or descendants being found.

Allen Leech as Tom Branson in season six of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Star On What You Can Expect From The Movie

Excitement is building for the Downton Abbey movie, and ahead of its release in September, one of the stars has revealed a little more about the expected plotline

 Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour, the Queen\'s annual birthday parade

Here's Our Favorite Photos From The Queen's Birthday Celebrations!

We all know it was the Queen's Birthday last weekend, but have you seen photos from the day? Here's some of our favorites.

A smashed skull discovered at the Holy Trinity Church

700-Year-Old Skull Discovered Under Northamptonshire Church

A 700-year-old skull has been found under church in Northamptonshire. The skull, which belongs to a medieval man, shows shows signs of a violent blow to the head 

Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

The Duchess of Sussex Makes It On To Vogue's List Of 25 Women Shaping 2019

Vogue has released its annual list of the 25 women shaping 2019 and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Cambridge, has been included, alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman and Karen Pierce

D Day announcement

Have Secret D-Day Plans Gone Up For Auction?

An auction in Los Angeles is reportedly putting up some WW2 artifacts up for auction. Read more to find out just what they are.

A Union Flag is planted alongside crosses on Gold Beach near the Mulberry harbour on the morning of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2019

Our Favorite Photos From The D-Day Commemorations

This year sees the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, one of the most important days in history. Here's our favourite photos from this year's D-Day commemorations

The collection includes five 50ps which span one thousand years of history (Image: ROYAL MINT)

Royal Mint Releases Military-Inspired 50p Collectors Set

The Royal Mint has released a collection of iconic 50p coins celebrating military history, including The Battle of Britain, The Battle of Hastings and the D-Day landings

Digitally restored vintage World War II photo of American troops wading ashore on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944

'Unprecedented commemorations' Planned For 75th D-Day Anniversary

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing, Queen Elizabeth II will join Prime Minster Theresa May, world leaders and WWII veterans for 'unprecedented commemorations'

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport on June 3, 2019 in London, England

Downing St Has Been Accused of 'Lazy Sexism' Over The Gift It Gave Melania Trump

Downing St has come under fire for deciding to present the First Lady with a bespoke tea set, with many calling the decision 'lazy sexism'

Lady Beth Douglas

What Is the “Queensberry Curse" And How Did It Impact Oscar Wilde?

What is the 'Queensberry Curse', an affliction that has permeated one of Britain's oldest families for generations?

\'The Secret Serial Killer\' examines Irish serial killer Kieran Kelly.

Irish "Secret Serial Killer" responsible for up to 30 London murders

Did a police cover up help an Irish serial killer go unnoticed in London during the 1950s?

Britain\'s Queen Elizabeth II (C) stands with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) on the dias in the Quadrangle listening to a band of guardsmen play the US national anthem during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018 in Windsor, England

These Privileges Are Being Denied To President Trump Next Week

President Donald Trump will arrive in the UK next week, but won't be given the same privileges granted to other heads of state, so what exactly will President Trump miss out on?

The Empress of Ireland ocean liner.

On This Day: The Empress of Ireland, 'Canada's Titanic,' sinks in 1914

On May 29, 1914, a thousand people died as the Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901), circa 1860. By French photographer Antoine Claudet. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Is This The Last Known Footage of Queen Victoria?

The Museum of Modern Art has unearthed rare and unbelievably clear footage of Queen Victoria during her 1900 visit to Ireland

This Story From Stephen Fry About Harry Potter Is Brilliant

The famous Hay Festival is taking place this week, and Stephen Fry has told the most brilliant story about recording the Harry Potter audio books

Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) wearing a Catherine Walker gown and the Spencer tiara at a banquet in Munich, November 1987. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Why Is Princess Diana's Death Being Turned Into A Theme Park Attraction?

This theme park has stepped on some toes with it's latest attraction. Do you think this is right?

Theresa May

Theresa May Has Informed The Queen That She Will Resign - Here's Everything You Need To Know

Theresa May has announced her imminent resignation. Here's everything you need to know.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George\'s Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor?

The latest royal wedding was attended by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Prince Philip - but left royal watchers wondering just who is Lady Gabriella Windsor?

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Party 2018

Why You Need To Go To Spoleto Festival USA This Year

Spoleto is one of American's most unique festivals, here's why everybody needs to head to Charleston to experience this year's program

Shakespeare\'s Globe

Shakespeare's Globe Returns to Spoleto Festival USA

Known for historically informed and radical productions, Shakespeare's Globe returns to Spoleto Festival USA with a rotation of three plays, each exploring themes of refuge and belonging

The full cast from the Downton Abbey movie

It's Here! The Downton Abbey Trailer Has Finally Been Released

Ahead of its September release, Downton Abbey fans got an unexpected treat when the trailer was finally released revealing more of the storyline

William \'Billy\' Hill - the London Irish gangster who mentored the Kray twins

The London gangster who shaped the Kray Twins

London gangster William 'Billy' Hill helped shape the criminal career of the notorious Kray twins.

Queen Elizabeth II

Do You Want To Work For The Queen? Because She's Hiring

Are you a social media fan who wants to work for the royal family? Then the latest opening in the royal household may be for you

John Hemingway, DFC, Battle of Britain Pilot.

A Battle of Britain Hero Presumed Dead Is Alive & Living In Ireland

A Battle of Britain veteran who was thought to be dead is, in fact, still alive at 99

Princes Charles at the party

Party At The Palace! Buckingham Palace Hosts Its First Garden Party Of The Year

Every year the Queen throws 4 Royal Parties. How much do you know about them?

A view of Winchester Cathedral on a winter\'s evening

Queen Emma of Normandy Found Buried In Winchester Castle

Are the remains of Queen Emma of Normandy among the 1,300 bones found at Winchester Cathedral?

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London during The Climate Change Conference held at Bloomberg London on December 12, 2018 in London, England

Queen Elizabeth Snubs Sadiq Khan For Trump State Dinner

Queen Elizabeth II has declined to invited London Mayor Sadiq Khan to next month's state dinner for Trump over fears he'll be inappropriate

Newlyn Tidal Observatory, the home of mean sea level, from which all height measurements in mainland Britain begin

The 100 Year Old Cornish Hut With National Importance

Have you ever heard of Newlyn Tidal Observatory? The building sits at the end of a private pier in Cornwall, and is the home of the British mean sea level

Britain\'s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George\'s Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019

Does Baby Archie's German Name Revisit Troubling Nazi Links?

We should remember that such links were also evident among American and Irish sympathizers

Buckingham Palace

First Look At The Recently Renovated Buckingham Palace

We finally get to see inside the recently renovated Buckingham Palace and it looks incredible 

Stonehenge

Missing Piece Of Stonehenge Returned 60 Years After It Was Taken

A piece of Stonehenge which has been missing for more than 60 years, has finally been returned and may provide clues to the monument's origins

The Crown Jewels.

How Much Do You Know About The Man Who Tried To Steal The Crown Jewels?

Thomas Blood, believed to have been some sort of double secret agent, engineered an insane plot in the only close attempt in history to steal the priceless jewels from the Tower of London

Meet Baby Archie: The First Photos Of Harry & Meghan's Baby

Here he is... the newest royal. Harry and Meghan presented their baby boy to the world's media earlier today but still haven't revealed his name 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand

Earl of Dumbarton: Is This The Title Harry & Meghan's Baby Will Be Given?

Harry and Meghan's first child could be awarded the title Earl of Dumbarton, but what does that actually mean?

An illustration of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

How a 104-Year-Old Telegraph Machine Was Recovered From The Lusitania Shipwreck

Tragic WWII passenger ship sunk in 18 minutes killed 1,198 souls. American owner and team work to uncover secrets of the wreck.

It's A Boy! Everything We Know About Harry & Meghan's Baby So Far

Today is the day, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to her first child with husband Prince Harry

Jack the Ripper\'s victims stories are finally being told.

What Have We Learned About Jack the Ripper's Last Victim?

For over 130 years the story of Jack the Ripper has fascinated millions all over the world - but what about his victims? Finally, their stories get told

Elizabeth Woodville

New Documents Show That Henry VIII's Grandmother Elizabeth Woodville Died Of Plague

Does a newly discovered letter from 1511 prove that the White Queen died from plague?

Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland was used as Riverrun in the hit HBO show

Sold! Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Castle Bought For About $650k

Gosford Castle, which was used as Riverrun in 'Game of Thrones,' has officially been purchased for an undisclosed amount.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children\'s sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate Is Now A Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order But What Does It Mean?

To celebrate the Duchess of Cambridge's 8th wedding anniversary, the Queen made her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order - the highest honour she can bestow. But what exactly does it mean?

Portrait of Princess Elizabeth holding her baby daughter Princess Anne, with the grandmothers Queen Mary (left) and Queen Elizabeth, following the christening, Buckingham Palace, London, September 1972. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

7 Royal Birth Traditions You Don't Know

As we wait for the youngest royal to be born, we take a look back at some of the more outlandish royal birth traditions that we bet you don't know

Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay (L) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord Harold Bradfield, receives homage and allegiance from her subjects during her coronation ceremony on June 02, 1953 in Westminster Abbey, London

The Queen & The Cullinan diamond: How the world's largest diamond was cut for the crown jewels

Documents explaining how the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, the largest ever found, was cut for the crown jewels are being auctioned later this month 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 60th birthday, photo taken on November 13, 2008 in London, England

The Royal Tradition That Ended With Prince Charles

There was one royal tradition that ended with the birth of Prince Charles, and it may surprise you 

There's A Downton Abbey Exhibition Coming To Boston

Calling all Downton Abbey fans, there's an interactive exhibition coming to Boston this summer that brings the great house to life 

Julian Fellowes visits the Build Series to discuss \'The Chaperone\' at Build Studio on March 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes Launches New Series With Netflix

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has teamed up with Netflix to create a new six-part drama based around football called The English Game 

Lover of all things English, the Irish American President John F. Kennedy.

Was JFK more British than he was Irish?

America’s most famous Irish son loved all things English, so it possible he was a anglophile?

Inside Meghan's Inner Circle

Meghan Markle is surrounded by a media frenzy at all times. Who are the trusted few who advise her along the way?

Dunluce Castle is just one of the many stunning Game of Thrones® filming locations in the UK

The Ultimate Game of Thrones® Travel Guide

From the flaxen grasses of the Dothraki Sea to the shadowy clearings of the Haunted Forest where the White Walkers roam, you can find it all in Northern Ireland. This is the ultimate Game of Thrones® fan’s travel guide.

Untergang der Titanic by Willy Stower

On This Day: Titanic Sinks After Crashing Into An Iceberg

Photos of the iceberg that the Titanic allegedly struck were released in 2012 to mark the centenary of the disaster.

The RMS Titanic, the great ship built in Belfast, sunk by an iceberg on April 15, 1912.

The RMS Titanic By Numbers – Facts And Figures On The Tragic Belfast-Built Ship

Staggering figures associated with the White Star liner - from deaths during construction to the number of lifeboats on board

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (C) in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, makes his final individual public engagement as he attends a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017 in London, England

8 Surprising Nicknames The Royals Use For Each Other

The royals are just like any other family, which means they all have nicknames for each other, yes, even Queen Elizabeth! Here's 8 royal nicknames we bet you've never heard before 

One Of The Titanic's Last Mysteries Solved

One of the final mysteries left surrounding the Titanic has finally been solved. How much do you know about this case?

Glencoe which inspired The Red Wedding

Game of Thrones Real Life UK Inspirations

Did you know that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin took inspiration for the series from several UK locations? Here's the real life locations that inspired Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES: The Touring Exhibition Arrives In Belfast

The highly-anticipated GAME OF THRONES: The Touring Exhibition, including two-never-seen before sets, has arrived at TEC Belfast for its debut visit to the UK

Emma Corrin has been cast as Lady Diana Spencer in season four of The Crown

The Crown Casts Newcomer Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer

The wait is over, as Netflix has annouced that Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in season four of The Crown

Has the Titanic II project run out of steam or will we still see a 2018 maiden voyage?

The Last Letter Written On Board The Doomed Titanic

Have you read the last letter written on the Titanic before it sank?

Who Pays Meghan Markle's Salary?

She gave up her acting career when she married Prince Harry, so how does Meghan Markle afford all her designer clothes? 

Interested In Having A Cuppa With Great British Bake Off Star Mary Berry?

Ever wanted to enjoy afternoon tea with Mary Berry? Now you can!

Brexit News: 20% Of Brits Have Changed Their Holiday Plans

One in five Brits have changed holiday plans because of Brexit as uncertainty surrounding passports, foreign exchange, insurance and pet passports impacting holiday decisions

Did You Know Harry and Meghan Have Joined Instagram?

Harry and Meghan have bucked the trend and joined Instagram. Have you followed their page?

Game of Thrones Studio Tour rendering

6 Of The best Museums In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is home to some of the world’s most interesting museums due to the history that surrounds it.

POLL: What Do You Think The Royal Baby Will Be Named?

The arrival of Harry and Meghan's first child is imminent, leading to much speculation over it's name. What do you think it will be?

On April 3, 1912, Titanic arrived in Southampton after departing from Belfast

Titanic & Southampton: The Special Relationship Between The Two

After departing from Belfast where she was built, Titanic arrived in Southampton on this day, April 3, in 1912.

The Downton Movie Plot Has Been Revealed & Includes A Royal Visit

Finally, we know what the Downton Abbey movie plot is - and it's set to be classic Downton, with serious storylines mixed with comedic moments all centering around a royal visit

Game of Thrones Studio Tour renderings 4

New Game of Thrones Studio Tour To Open In The UK In 2020

Calling all GoT fans, an official Game of Thrones Studio Tour set to open in the UK in 2020 and here's all the information you need to know 

Queen Elizabeth

The Irish Lord Who Captured Queen Elizabeth's Heart

Queen Elizabeth and Patrick Plunket enjoyed a special relationship. Read more to find out about their close bond.

First Look At The Downton Abbey Movie

Do you want to know what's going to happen in the Downton Abbey movie? Then check out this exclusive behind the scenes look 

10 Of The Best Dog Walks In Britain

Bring your four-legged friend along on your next UK adventure, with our list of the best 7 dog walks in Britain 

Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception for winners of The Queen\'s Awards for Enterprise, at Buckingham Palace on July 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Is This How The Queen Communicates With Staff?

The Queen reportedly has a number of secret hand signals. Did you know about them?

Ronald Brittain using his voice.

Ronald Brittain: The Loudest Voice in the Military?

Ronald Brittain was known as 'The Voice'. How much do you know about the intimidating Sergeant Major?

Which Scottish Celeb is The New Voice of The Caledonian Sleeper?

The Caledonian Sleeper has added a new fleet of top of the range trains. There's also a celeb involved. Read more to find out.

Will The Downton Abbey Movie Feature Matthew Crawley?

We're giddy enough at the thoughts of the Downton Abbey movie and now Dan Stevens has gone and blown our minds at the thoughts of Matthew Crawley making a reappearance. How is this possible?

Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle

ICYMI: These 7 UK Locations Were Used For Game of Thrones

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Did you know that there are 7 locations in the UK that have appeared in the hit show?

Is This Queen Elizabeth II's Secret To Good Health?

She's been on the throne for 67 years, but what is the secret to Queen Elizabeth II's good health?

Britain's Ugliest Dog Has Died From Pancreatitis

Britain's ugliest dog, who came third in California's World's Ugliest Dog contest in 2017, has died in South Wales

Has The Best Service Station In The UK Been Found?

Ever wondered where the top service stations in the UK are? Here's how to find out!

POLL: Brexit - Where Do You Stand?

Brexit is looming. What's your opinion on the matter?

MI Magazine illustration Jack the Ripper Londons criminal class

Has Jack The Ripper's Identity Finally Been Revealed?

Jack the Ripper is one of Britain's most notorious and mysterious figures. Has new evidence revealed the identity of the killer?

The House That Inspired Wuthering Heights Is For Sale

Do you want to live in the house that inspired Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? Because Ponden Hall is for sale 

Princess Diana of Wales smiling as she prepares to embrace a woman in the crowd, on the streets of Carmarthen, Wales, October 29th 1981. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Crown & Princess Diana: Who Will Play The Late Princess?

The Crown creator has started his official search for an actress to play Diana Princess of Wales in season four

Prince Edward With His Mother The Queen At The Royal Windsor Horse Show

What Does Prince Edward's New Title Really Mean?

For his 55th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II has given Prince Edward a brand new title, but what does it mean for the rest of the family?

Circa 1307, Edward II of England (1284-1327). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

King Edward II & Piers Gaveston: The Real Story Of The King & His Husband

The relationship between King Edward II and Piers Gaveston is one of the most infamous menages a trois in British royal history. Here's everything you need to know

Outlander Fans Get The Chance To Quiz Creator Diana Gabaldon

Fans of Outlander will be flocking to Scotland on 15 March for a one off event which provides an opportunity to quiz the book's author Diana Gabaldon

Winston Churchill

POLL: Winston Churchill - Hero or Villain?

Was Winston Churchill a hero or a villain? Take our poll and let us know what you think.

Edward VIII

Edward VIII's Racist Past Has Been Unveiled In A Documentary

A new ABC documentary looks at racist letters written by Edward VIII during a royal visit to Australia

Did You Know You Can Subscribe To British Heritage Travel?

Did you know you can get British Heritage Travel delivered to your doorstep? Here's how to subscribe

The Life of Oscar Wilde In His Own Words

Oscar Wilde is one of the most quotable writers of all time, and here's his most famous quotes used to tell his life story

Olivia Colman

Best Of The Brits At The Oscars

Britain took home a respectable five Oscars at this year's Academy Awards, read on to find out who won what

Giant\'s Causeway

7 Of The Best Tourist Attractions In Britain

Interested in visiting the UK? Then check out Britain's best tourist attractions to make sure you're getting the most from your trip

Union Jack

Visiting Britain? Here's 5 Things You Need To Know!

Planning a trip to Britain? Here's some things to think about while you're over there.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

6 Of Our Favorite British Couples

Looking for love? These couples might give you some tips. Check out some of our favorite British couples

Belfast City Hall

7 Reasons You Should Visit Belfast

Planning a trip to Belfast? Here are seven of the best things to do during your time in the city

Think you know all of these British celebs? Take our Quiz and find out!

Think you know your British celebs well? Test your knowledge with this quiz and see if you can recognize these eight familiar faces.

Everything You Need To Know About Robert Falcon Scott

Robert Falcon Scott led two expedition to the Antartic and attempted to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Here's everything you need to know 

October 1985: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looking pensive at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.

Everything You Need To Know About Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is one of Great Britain's most recognisable politicians, but what do you really know about her except she was once nicknamed The Iron Lady? Here's everything you need to know about the late prime minster.

Idris Elba attends a photocall to launch the Superdry AW15 Premium Menswear collection at Superdry International Showroom on November 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

7 Stars You Thought Were From The US... But Are Actually British

Did you know that Idris Elba is actually from the UK? Here's seven other Hollywood stars that are actually British

London Landmarks Afternoon Tea with Champagne

Enjoy Famous London Landmarks In A Whole New Way Thanks To The Kensington

Do you want to experience London landmarks in a wholly original way? Then the new afternoon tea offering from The Kensington is for you 

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne

What You Need To Know About The Favourite's Queen Anne

Olivia Colman may play the monarch in the movie The Favourite, but what do we need to know about the real Queen Anne?

The Legacy of Queen Victoria & Her 60 Year Reign

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for over 60 years, but just what effect did her reign have on her subjects? Here we take a look at the legacy of Queen Victoria

Margaret Thatcher

How Many Of These Famous British Women Do You Know?

From Cartimandua to Florence Nightingale and Nell Gwyn to Margaret Thatcher, we look at famous women throughout English history. 

Colin Firth in The Kings Speech

The Mostly British Film Festival Is Back - And This Might Be The Best Year Yet  

As the Mostly British Film Festival returns for 2019, this year sponsored by BHT, we take a look at the lineup and pick our favorites 

Queen Victoria & Prince Albert as portrayed in Victoria, season three

Victoria Creator Daisy Goodwin Shares The Secrets Of Season Three

As Victoria returns to our screens we caught up with creator Daisy Goodwin to see what we can expect from season three

Princess Eugenie Marries Jack Brooksbank

We had our second royal wedding of the year when Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor. 

Did You Know That Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Child Won't Be A HRH

The news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby was met with great excitement when annouced by Kensington Palace. But with Meghan about to give birth did you know that the baby won't get an HRH?

Muriel Matters chained to the Grille

History of UK Suffrage: The Grille

We take a look at The Grille incident of 1908

History of UK Suffrage: The Ventilator

What was The Ventilator and what role did it play during the suffrage movement? 

BHT Walks On Chesil Beach with Ian McEwan

The literary master talks about the new movie, an adaptation of his 2007 novella.

In the spirit of this edition\'s Literary Britain, I\'m dedicating Around Town to specific places from novels set in the capital.

Around Town: Uncover the Fiction of London

In the spirit of this edition's Literary Britain, I'm dedicating Around Town to specific places from novels set in the capital.

8 Of The Best Odd and Eclectic British Museums

Look outside the V&A and The British Museum to some of England's quirker museums and you may be very surprised by what you discover

10 Fictional Landscapes to Explore

Bring British literature to life by visiting the setting of one of your favourite novels, from Austen to Lawrence we take a look at 10 of the best 

Sceptered Isle: The Impossible Joy of Picking Favorites

During almost 40 years of regular travels throughout England, Wales and Scotland, understandably, you rack up a quiver of experiences and memories. I am often asked what my “favorite” of this and that might be. It is almost always an impossible query to give a straight answer. Every corner of Britain has scenic charms and a fascinating social history of its own—many rarely explored by American visitors. Still, on reflection, it's also impossible not to have some memories and suggestions to pass along to British Heritage Travel readers planning your own list of travel adventures.

Book Report: May and June

We compiled for you the must read of May and June.

Dateline: May and June

Anglophile events in the UK and USA for May and June.

Time for Tea: Probing the Mystique of Black Tea

Whether it is English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe or some other variety, black tea is the most popular blend consumed in Britain and America, accounting for more than 90 percent of the purchased product. One reason might be that it can be brewed in under five minutes; another is that, unlike other blends, it can also be re-steeped repeatedly, though its flavor will lessen each time.

What To Do In Canterbury

A roundup of what to do, where to go, and what you have to see in Canterbury

London Bridge

London's Literary History

Writers have loved London for as long as London has existed. Here's a look into it's fascinating history.

Badbury rings, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England

On the Road: Dorchester and Thomas Hardy Country

Late Victorian writer Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels in Dorchester. Here's why

A Novel Tour

A trip back in time through Lorna Doone country.

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson as Ross Poldark and Demelza

Poldark Interview: Aidan Turner & Eleanor Tomlinson

We chat to Poldark’s Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson ahead of the launch of season five, the last in the series

Photo Competition: Warwick Castle

Most Anglophiles have heard of Warwick Castle. It was begun in 1068 by William the Conqueror with a motte and bailey fort, and has progressed through turbulent and peaceful times over the centuries since. At the front of Warwick Castle is the imposing gatehouse. If one looks at it from the east, on the left side is Caesar's Tower, which was constructed in 1350. The picture shown here, taken from the top of Caesar's Tower, doesn't look back in toward the castle, but outward toward Warwick itself. The lush private gardens behind Tudor-style homes, as well as the Warwick Boat Club behind those, reinforce the idea of England being a green and pleasant land. At the bottom right of the picture is a ruined medieval bridge that was originally one of the entrances to the town. Without a bird's-eye view like this, a neat detail like that would be missed. Sometimes, when one is taking in the splendor of impossibly impressive historical sites, it can become an even more idyllic experience to turn outward from the main site and take in the view that the family or the guards, or any one of thousands of visitors, would have had of the surrounding area. While I'm fairly certain that tennis courts wouldn't have been in the view of the castle's residents for the majority of the past 950 years, the panoramas that can be enjoyed at the top of a castle or cathedral in England are ones that, for me, are hard to match anywhere in the world.

The new Margaret connects with BHT about E.M. Forster\'s masterpiece.

Hayley Atwell of Howards End

The new Margaret connects with BHT about E.M. Forster's masterpiece.

The Changing Monarchy and Meghan Markle

What the Royal family's acceptance of Meghan really means.

Wisley Gardens

The Best of English Gardening on Dazzling Display.

Cornwall

7 Ways To See Britain Like A Local

Are you visiting the UK soon? Here's seven simple ways to avoid being a tourist and make sure you get the most from your trip

The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

Andrew Morton on Meghan Markle: A Hollywood Princess

The famed biographer talks to BHT about Harry's wife and two of her predecessors, Diana and Wallis Simpson.

Historic Battlefields Across Britain

Today, it's hard to imagine that these green and tranquil landscapes were once scenes of some of the bloodiest battles to ever be fought in Britain, fields where tens of thousands of men perished.

God Bless the Prince of Wales

A Tale of Swashbuckling Exploits and Symbolic Splendor.

Iconic Britain: Our Favorite Places

We asked our contributors to tell us a little bit about some of their favorite spots in Britain. Here's what they said.

10 Of The Best... British War Movies

Have you seen these classics? Here's 10 great British war movies that you need to check out.

Take Ten: Great Gardens of Spring

In every season, there are gardens in Britain well worth the adventure. In spring, however, the countryside comes awake from its winter hibernation and blooms into a riot of color against the deep greens of the landscape. Here are some of the most acclaimed gardens to enjoy in the promise of the season.

Photo Competition: The Park at Blenheim Palace

John Churchill (1650-1722) had a military and diplomatic career that lasted nearly 40 years and skillfully survived the treacherous reigns of Charles II, James II, William III and Mary and Queen Anne. Considered one of England's greatest generals, Churchill's most famous victories were in the campaign against France's King Louis XIV at Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1706) and Oudenaarde (1708). Political controversy and charges of public corruption brought his retirement from public life in 1711. Having been given the manor of Woodstock by a grateful nation, Churchill had the huge Baroque mansion named for his great victory was built between 1708 and 1722 by architect John Vanbrugh.

Long Live the Queen: Q&A with Victoria Creator Daisy Goodwin

The early reign of Victoria marches on this January, only now the young Queen (Jenna Coleman) has her royal consort, Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), by her side—or possibly just behind her.

David Cannadine Photo Credit: Tom Miller

Sir David Cannadine on Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906

The author chats with BHT about embracing complexity, the function of history and the responsibilities of historians.

The author of the Downton companion books on her new Golden Age-style detective novel with the Mitford sisters.

Downton Abbey Author Jessica Fellowes On The Mitford Murders

Jessica Fellowes wrote The Mitford Murders, as well as the Downton Abbey companion books. Have you read our interview with the bestselling author?

BHT Podcast: Backstage with Beverly

In our latest episode, British Heritage Travel's Amy Griggs goes behind the curtain of the London theater scene with insider Beverly Edwards, general manager of Jude Law's Hamlet, Chicago, Jersey Boys, and her latest, Breakfast at Tiffany's. They discuss some of the city's best venues, the hottest upcoming shows, the West End versus Broadway, how to find affordable tickets and even Beverly's favorite places to escape the crowds.

BHT Podcast: Author Caroline Shenton on the Houses of Parliament

“It’s the symbol of London. It’s the symbol of Parliament. Some would say it's the symbol of representative democracy across the world.” The author of The Day Parliament Burned Down and Mr. Barry’s War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament After the Great Fire strongly suggests you start planning your next trip to The Palace of Westminster soon. “It’s going to be shut from the early 2020s for at least six years. Quite a substantial period, if things progress as planned. Now is the time to visit!”

The fishing Harbor of the Cornish village of Polperro, England, UK

4 Reasons To Visit Britain: Especially If You're American

Have you always wanted to visit Britain but could never quite make the journey? Well 2019 is the year, and here's four reasons to visit Britain, especially if you're American

BHT Podcast: The Houses of Parliament, Part 1

It's the Women's Suffrage edition of the British Heritage Travel podcast series! BHT's Amy Griggs speaks with Melanie Unwin and Dr. Mari Takayanagi, co-curators and joint project managers of the Houses of Parliament's Vote 100 project, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

BHT Podcast: Houses of Parliament, Part 2

In our second episode with the Houses of Parliament, we learn how to visit the Parliamentary archives, the conditions of the ladies' gallery and the story of the "grille incident."

Sceptered Isle: Notes from an Un-Reeling Island

Strange times we live in. The world does indeed seem to be reeling. Barely a month goes by without a fatal terrorist incident in Britain, and political chaos has ensued from the general election that saw Theresa May’s bargaining position weaken in Brexit negotiations as well as in her grip on leadership within the Tory Party. Just as with the political changes and rhetorical fervor in our own country, it is easy to overestimate the impact of what makes media headlines in the lives of ordinary citizens. The British people are acclaimed for their famous stoic resolve in the face of the severest of trials. It’s the British bulldog spirit personified by Winston Churchill throughout World War II. It is an attitude embraced with pride in the much-repeated wartime slogan “Keep calm and carry on.” Social historians might trace this national characteristic through 2,000 years of wars and rumors of war, invasions and rumors of invasion, plague and cholera epidemics, the grit of life lived in mills and mines or on the sea. More recently, England lived through years of terrorism imported by the IRA in the Northern Irish “Troubles.” That’s a lot of social conditioning. I asked veteran BHT writer and man-on-the-street in London James Graham, who lives with his growing family in Croydon, how he assessed the mood in London—where they know they have not seen the last of Islamist terrorism. “ ‘This . . . is London.’ With those words, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow brought the horrors faced by the capital and the spirit of Londoners in the darkest days of the Blitz to American audiences. If he was broadcasting now, he would add ‘This . . . is Manchester.’ He would have the same story of phlegmatic resistance to outside forces attempting to beat us down. “The venerable New York Times was mocked over here when it opined after the Borough Market outrage that Britain was ‘reeling.’ Twitter users quickly hit back: ‘We’ll start panicking when we’ve no milk for our tea.’ The perfect response—laughing in the face of danger and showing a refusal to be cowed. The hearts of London and Manchester may have missed a beat when deranged individuals took out their anger against the world on innocent guests and music fans in the UK, but they did not stop beating. “Our natural temptation is to invite all British Heritage Travel readers to flock to London this autumn to stick it to the terrorists. However, it is disingenuous to throw out an invitation to foreign visitors—after all, most of the London victims were foreign—without accepting there will be wariness when people are booking their holiday travels. In the back of the mind, voices will quietly ask: Is it really safe there? “The answer is that simply no one of my acquaintance, even those who travel to London Bridge or cross Westminster Bridge, have said they are leaving the city. Terrorism will drive no one from this city. It is even getting safer to cross the roads—overall, the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads fell to 2,092 in 2016, with London on course to have reduced such incidents by 50 percent by 2020.

Sceptered Isle: Thoughts on Our Favorite Royals

It has been a historic and busy past few years for the monarchy, the Royal Family and Royal watchers everywhere. We have had The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of William and Kate followed by the births of adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte (with another on the way), the retirement of the Duke of Edin-burgh, the Queen's record tenure on the throne, the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death and now HRH The Prince of Wales setting his own longevity record for that title.

The Palace of Westminster, otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament, is a Victorian architectural icon.

5 Victorian Buildings In London You Need To Visit

Here are five of London's most beautiful Victorian buildings, spanning a moment in time that changed Britain's heritage forever: the reign of Queen Victoria 

Sceptered Isle: Sharing the Road from Exmoor to Ely

My periodic editorial pilgrimages to our Sceptered Isle pretty generally are unexpected adventures, and some trips are easier than others. This autumn, classically English weather prevailed: rain, overcast skies, drizzle and an hour of sunshine. Repeat the pattern. Do come on along and I'll tell the tale.

Time for Tea: Keeping It Fresh

Tea experts say you can store loose leaves for at least a year, but only if it is contained properly—shielded from natural and artificial light and without exposure to odors or humidity. A dark, dry cupboard is ideal. If you like delicately scented as well as strongly flavored teas, do store them separately. That will prevent the lighter teas from absorbing any aromas or flavors from the stronger ones.

On the Road: Discovering East Anglia

From Constable Country to The Wash

Photo Competition: Scotney Old Castle

In the village of Lamberhurst, several miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Scotney Old Castle sits on an island in a small lake. Scotney New Castle, the Victorian manor house built in Tudor Revival style stands at the top of the qarden. And it is the gardens that famously draw the visitors (and photographers). In spring, rhododendrons and azaleas bring a riot of color. Summer boasts roses and wisteria, while mellow autumn colors bathe the woods and lake with gold. A timed ticket is required for entry to the house.

Photo Essay: London Is a Winter Wonderland

The Christmas season comes early to Britain. Without our American Thanksgiving, there is nothing to mark a change in holiday seasons. By the middle of November Christmas displays fill shop windows and the famous lights of Regent Street cast their festive sheen into the long, dark evenings. Holiday parties fill pubs, restaurants, homes and offices with bonhomie and raised glasses (often raised a few times too many). For the fun-loving Brits, the partying continues unabated into the first week of January.

Take Ten: Festive Christmas Markets

If you are traveling in Britain anytime through November and December, it would be a shame to miss one of the many Christmas Markets that have become immensely popular over the last 20 years. Indeed, there are now more than 200 annual Christmas markets across Britain, most commonly with German or Victorian themes, but the variations are many. Here are some grand places to catch the Christmas spirit, a glass of mulled wine and a variety of unique, memorable gifts.

Around Town: Christmas in London

Christmas has been celebrated in Merry England for more than a thousand years. Some customs melt back even further to pagan traditions. At a time of year when twilight falls mid-afternoon and frost hovers on the breath, the joy of nighttime sparkle, mulled wine, music and entertainment is as welcome to a modern, city-hardened Londoner as any rustic medieval reveler.

“we worked from the screenplay [by writer Anthony McCarten] and also an enormous plethora of research material. We had two full-time historical researchers, which was a great boon,’ says Wright.

Joe Wright on His Churchill Biopic, Darkest Hour

Joe Wright orchestrated the wonderful Churchill biopic. Have you read our interview with the director?

Aberdeenshire: Scotland's Enchanted Northeast Kingdom

Spreading north and west of the North Sea city of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire encompasses some of the most spectacular landscapes, coastline and history in Scotland. Having visited the region a number of times, I set out to capture the particular magic of this northeast corner of the kingdom. It’s about a 50-mile drive up the A90 through Ellon and on up to Fraserburgh at the very northeast point of the coast. A working harbor for centuries, the gritty town is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in Britain. Then, I turned east onto the marked scenic Coast Road 10 miles to Cullykhan Bay and the harbor village of Pennan. If the only inn in Pennan looks familiar, it may be because the 1983 movie Local Hero (among Burt Lancaster’s last) was filmed here. An iconic image from the movie was the classic phone box across the street. The innkeeper opines it is the most profitable phone box in Britain. Every visitor wants to make a call. One street of terraced houses curves around Pennan’s harbor facing the sea with their back to the cliffs. Nowadays, many of the cottages are owned as holiday and weekend residences. Their visitors meet at the inn for food, drink and community. At the village hall, there are public restrooms, always open. A sign invites folks to contribute coins to the maintenance of the facility into the saucer on the window sill. That it sits unmolested says something about the community, too. Aberdeenshire boasts of its unriveled 300 castles. Dominating the market town of Huntly, Huntly Castle was for centuries the seat of the powerful Gordon clan. Aberdeenshire’s army regiment was the much-honored Gordon Highlanders. The bas-relief coat of arms of the Gordon lords is among the most noted features of Huntly Castle. The market town of Huntly spread out from the castle supports a vast swathe of arable land and farms—the breadbasket of Scotland. Here they raise acres of grain that thrive in the moist northern climate, principally oats and barley. In the town of Keith, the pagoda domes of the Strathisla Distillery mark where a good deal of that barley is turned into Chivas Regal whisky. Distilleries abound throughout Aberdeenshire. In every farming village and hamlet, however, the most prominent building will be the Kirk, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland founded by John Knox.

Book Report: November and December

Mrs. Osmond (Knopf) by John Banville It would be audacious for almost any author to attempt a sequel to the Henry James classic The Portrait of a Lady. It is, after all, a near perfect novel, albeit one with a decidedly ambiguous ending that has long left some readers unsettled. The lady in question, Isabel, is headed back to Rome—to her loveless, debilitating marriage and sweet, desperate stepdaughter, despite the fact that she’s been offered an escape. “You must save what you can of your life,” the handsome Caspar Goodwood warns her. But by the closing pages, as she boards the train, Isabel seems resigned to return to her horrible husband—but is she? Readers have been in doubt since the book was first published in 1881. Prize-winning author John Banville tackles the question with a consummate ease. As a professor at the University of Chicago, Banville teaches James, and gracefully channels his spirit for a modern audience. Banville’s own considerable talents also shine through. He isn’t just clearing up those lingering questions about the plot, but rather stretching the Portrait’s canvas for an even wider view, a grander perspective. The main character still feels like the same vulnerable heroine, as charming and effervescent as ever, but now she has a new depth and a firm resolve. At long last, Isabel Archer is determined to take control over her own fate—and her fans will be very satisfied. It’s almost been worth the 136-year wait. —John Hogan Mrs. Osmond is available November 7

The Great Western Railway on Display

Life in the Train Lane at Swindon and Didcot

Photo Competition: Bath Abbey

AS SOMEONE FROM ARGENTINA, visiting this country full of history was a constant discovery of wonders and magic. Churches here have a special atmosphere; you feel that time has stopped and everything looks as it did hundreds of years ago. I visited the city of Bath, which I have been dreaming about since I was a child reading Jane Austen stories. At Bath Abbey, you feel history through all its corners. There, lighted by some rays through the window, I saw this tattered British flag showing all its history on every hole. I can’t imagine a better way to describe the long history Great Britain has been through. —Talia Zamboni

Photo Competition: Sunset at Blackwaterfoot

British Heritage Travel reader Mike Brown wins our latest photo competition with this stunning shot of a sunset at Blackwaterfoot golf course. Check out his story below:

Photo Competition: Greenwich Park

“ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES is Maritime Greenwich. Over the Christmas Holiday, I went back to see the Armada portrait, the Queen’s House and the Emma Hamilton exhibit. When I left the Queen’s House, I was caught up in the atmospheric landscape. The sun was reflecting on the clouds and buildings through the mist and fog.” —Patricia Peek The picture is taken facing south from the banks of the Thames. Standing on the sight of the old Greenwich Palace, the “new” palace (which soon became a home for disabled seaman) was completed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1696. The college and its famous chapel are open daily and offer free admission. It is also home to the Discover Greenwich Visitors Centre.

Photo Competition: Snowdonia National Park

I AM A STUDENT at Bangor University in North Wales. As soon as I got here, I made sure to walk around and see all the beauty the region had to offer. This picture does have a story behind it. It was taken close to the summit of Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park. It was my first attempt to hike up the mountain, taking the Rhyd Ddu trail. It was late December 2015, freezing cold and blistering winds made it extra hard, but luckily no rain whatsoever. Sunny spells broke through the clouds every once in a while, granting me some amazing shots like this one. Long story short, I made it all the way to the summit and had the experience of a lifetime. –Dennis Tura

Elegant Fountain With Dripping Water in Regent\'s Park, London

Around Town: Regent's Park

A trip to London isn't complete without spending at least an afternoon strolling through one of the many parks dotted around the city. Today? The Regent's Park

Abbotsford, Melrose, Borders, home of Sir Walter Raleigh

Ten Of The Best Historic Literary Homes

The varied homes and birthplaces that have influenced the lives of writing of some of Britain's most iconic writers

Engraving From 1873 Featuring The Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Burns Lived From 1759 Until 1796.

Everything You Need To Know About Robert Burns

There are apparently more statues of the Scottish poet Robert Burns in the US than anywhere else outside Scotland. So why is an 18th-century Scot, who wrote largely in the Scots language, of international importance?

The Scottish Borders; 5 Days in Paradise

Scotland is a country filled with some incredible sights. The Scottish Borders in particular offer up some stunning views. Join us as we take a trip!

Breathing Life Back Into the Past

Ever wanted to re-enact your favorite war? This group does it all the time!

Q&A with Annalena McAfee, author of Hame

At the heart of McAfee’s latest novel is poet Grigor McWatt, the English-hating, otter-owning Scottish nationalist and the bard of Fascaray, a remote Hebridean island dense with Caledonian lore. “A palimpsest of Scottishness,” writes The Guardian. Though she lives in London with her husband (writer Ian McEwan), McAfee spoke to BHT while visiting the land of her novel Hame, which, appropriately, is the Scottish word for “home.”

William and Kate Expecting Their Third Child

Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced today that they're expecting their third child. "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," according to the Kensington Palace Twitter account.

Interview With Outlanders Stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Actors Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe and writer Matthew B. Roberts discuss Outlander, post-Culloden Scotland and the resilient, far-reaching Scots culture.

Tributes to Princess Diana, Gone Twenty Years, at Kensington Palace

At the gates of Kensington Palace today, mourners left flowers, photos and messages of love for the late Princess Diana, killed twenty years ago on August 31, 1997. "I'm here for a special day. We all know why we're here. We all feel the same. We all miss her," says Terry from Camden, dressed up in a suit patterned with Union Jacks and a sign around his neck that declares the late princess of Wales a "True Inspiration" in large print. With an issue of The Mirror from 1997 under her arm, Jacqueline from London tells BHT that she was here, at the same palace gates, with her son twenty years ago, the day after Diana was killed. "We turned the telly on and came straight here to leave her flowers. There's a picture of me here in this paper with my boy. He was only 2 and now he's 22. William and Harry didn't have their mommy, but my little George did. It's very strange to be back here."

Lady in hoop skirt, rococo era, c. 1780. Hand colored wood engraving, published c. 1880.

Getting Dressed In The 18th Century

Have you ever wondered how long it took an 18th-century lady to get dressed?

Imagining Diana

British Heritage contributing editor Diane Clehane has written the perfect book to celebrate the memory of Diana--gone, unbelievably, for two decades now. On sale now, this "alternative history novel" provides a well-researched fantasy of what might have happened had the princess of Wales survived that fatal car crash on August 31, 1997.

Take Ten: Helpful High Street Shops

Throughout the world, Britain has a reputation for iconic consumer goods that provide a hallmark of quality and style-Staffordshire porcelain, Scottish woolens and whisky, books, boots and boats come quickly to mind. Few BHT readers travel to Great Britain specifically for the shopping. Along the road, however, we are bound to come across some of these treasured goods and to find ourselves interacting with the commerce of daily life. Here are perhaps the most popular, and useful, High Street shops you are bound to see again and again across the country.

Photo Essay: Rutland and Hidden England

Jump off on the A605 to see the impressive village church of Fotheringhay, with its monuments and tombs of the Dukes of York through the Wars of the Roses. They based at Fotheringhay Castle, now just green mounds of earth across the street. Mary Queen of Scots was executed there in 1587. When her son James I became King of England, he had the castle razed. At the Talbot Hotel in nearby Oundle, the main staircase was constructed of the scaffold where Mary was beheaded. Needless to say, the unhappy Queen’s ghost haunts the hostelry. Bordering the market town of Stamford, Burghley House may be England’s most impressive 16th-century home, built by Queen Elizabeth I’s treasurer, Sir William Cecil. The Cecil family still live in the stately pile in the midst of 2,000 acres of parkland laid out by Capability Brown in the 18th century and surrounded by exquisite gardens, including a “Garden of Surprises.” Don’t be surprised, though, to find the estate’s semi-tame resident herd of 400 deer wandering around. Catch a vintage steam train for a ride from Peterborough to Yarwell Junction on the Nene Valley Railway—home to the original Thomas the Tank Engine. To the west near Corby, Rockingham Castle’s quaint liveability belies its history. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle served as a hunting lodge for Plantagenet kings for 300 years. It was acquired by Sir Edward Watson in the late 1400s and remains the private home of his descendents. The beautiful terraced lawns overlook the broad Welland Valley.

Lady Carnarvon with three of her family\'s seven dogs

The Real Downton Abbey: We Chat to Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle

She calls Downton Abbey home and lives the real lady of the manor life, so what is it like to be Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle?

Lundy Island: A Wildlife Oasis in the Bristol Channel

THE MS OLDENBURG doesn’t so much land on Lundy Island as escape into it. “Your mobile probably will not work; there’s no Wi-Fi. It’s like being in the 1940s,” the crew warns. Yet if you ignore the odd tractor, this two-mile misty green stretch of land, just 12 miles off the coast of Devon, could just as well be in the 1840s. Or it could be during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when Lundy was used as a base for raiding pirates. Or it could be 1242, when Henry III had the small castle built on the northern tip after an assassination attempt. Sit along the rugged coastline on the west or walk along the grassy paths on the east and you’ll hear nothing, see nothing—no traffic, ne technology, not even planes—just plants and animals, living much like they did hundreds of years past. “Feels like stepping off time,” says Anne of Somerset, who’s amazed to be in this almost foreign land that’s still somehow in her own country. After midnight, when the electricity gets cut off, this “patch of rock in the ocean” is engulfed by a darkness that defies modern life, replacing it with a stillness almost impossible to find these days. Ubiquitous sheep, despite once being bottle-fed, stare at you quizzically and refuse to be petted. Untamed horses, too noble to notice you, ignore passersby completely. “Aren’t they so much more beautiful wild?” a young mother asks her daughter. There are black goats, ski deer, black rabbits, a seal colony in the surrounding waters and, seemingly, all the birds of the sky: murders of crows, unkindnesses of ravens, chimes of wrens and whatever the collective noun is for puffins. “An improbability of puffins!” James from Manchester declares, which is fitting for the brightly colored, beaky creatures. Rare and elusive, they’re easiest to spot in early July. “Right around the time of Wimbledon,” says Tracey Crump of the Lundy Shore Office. “If you can’t get tickets to see a match, they’ll be waiting.” At Lundy, shoulders magically relax, worries fade and blood pressure levels drop as the neurotic, twitchy visiting animals known as humans learn to just breathe and simply be a part of nature—like all the other species of wildlife that live here.

Around Town: Take a Walk on the South Side

The south side of London’s river has historically played second fiddle to its sophisticated northern counterpart, always pampered with patronage, transport and money. Years of regeneration projects and downright lack of space, however, have slowly chipped away at the South Bank’s shabby image, and it has finally found its place in the sun. To walk from Tower Bridge to Putney would take the best part of a day, and that’s without stopping off to enjoy the sights you’re passing. Just as no one sensible would lump the City in with Westminster, Embankment and Chelsea, so Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Bankside, the South Bank and beyond are all destinations in their own right. London’s south side warrants several visits. Since medieval times, “south of the river” was the place Londoners went for fun, a legendary no-man’s land cab drivers refused to visit. The theaters, bearbaiting and brothels of Shakespeare’s day, the notorious Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens of the 18th century and the famous 1951 Festival of Britain, built on a bomb site, all promised escape. The festival’s site now forms the epicenter of a modern London pleasure zone. The Royal Festival Hall was, as the name suggests, built for the expo. It’s an extraordinary piece of postwar architecture, well worth enjoying. It has recently been renovated, stripped back to its original modernist lines. The hall hosts classical, contemporary and high-class pop events, and is a real treat to visit. It has a varied foyer program and a rather nice restaurant, the Skylon (named for the sadly lost centerpiece of the festival) boasting great food and an even better view of Westminster, the Embankment and the Thames. Its younger, quirkier sister, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, is sadly closed for muchneeded renovation until 2018, but her roof garden, which softens the Brutalist architecture, is still open and worth a (free) visit. Another love-it-or-hate-it Brutalist masterpiece, the National Theatre, is most definitely open for business. A sprawling labyrinth of cast concrete, it’s actually much softer than it first appears, and the choice of productions in its three main spaces is wide, challenging and usually excellent. Backstage tours are available, but I’ve never been on one. The entire complex may be reached via the Thames Path, which at this point is a wide promenade, with fairy lights in the plane trees and dozens of eateries of varying quality. Skateboarders have been whizzing round the undercroft below the buildings since the 1970s. If you’re walking across the delightful Hungerford Bridge, do look down at the southernmost pier at their secret skateboard graveyard. Each broken board has its own memorial, lovingly posted online. Run the sculpture-garden gauntlet of living statues in the walk up to the London Eye, still one of my top picks for any visit to the capital. On a clear day (or night), there really is something special about this most touristy of landmarks. Even I love being a tourist sometimes. Unless you have children with you, another tourist mecca, the former County Hall, is probably not one for the must-do list. It houses attractions such as the London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium and Dreamworks’ Shrek’s Adventure, all squarely aimed at the family market. As you pass under Waterloo Bridge, however, a large market of second-hand book stalls makes for entertaining browsing, after which you might enjoy a coffee in the lobby of the British Film Institute or visit one of their four cinemas, always showing something offbeat. If you prefer your screens big, the massive, cylindrical IMAX cinema fills the entirety of Waterloo roundabout, now cloaked in tumbling Virginia creeper; it is rather beautiful to behold. Coming out of the underpass the other side allows one of the best (and only) ways to experience the grand, Art Nouveau entrance of Waterloo station, obscured from most angles by later construction. There are some curious things to see in the station itself, as there are in any London terminus, and I often nip up to the modern mezzanine to enjoy a coffee in Benugo, a decent chain, overlooking the bustle below. The former Eurostar line to Paris (now removed to St. Pancras) is being redesignated as a local line, so is currently under wraps. Behind the station, Waterloo turns into a different beast. Traditionally rather scruffy, the Cut is a funny little street full of curious, single-interest shops, though these are, like the rest of the capital, one by one, being swallowed and turned swanky. A lovely survivor, I Knit London describes itself as a “sanctuary for knitters,” and it is, indeed, more like a club than a store. It’s certainly the only yarn shop I know of that boasts a licensed bar. At the end of the Cut, in Westminster Bridge Road, a rather dull entranceway labeled Westminster Bridge House is worth scouting out for sheer novelty value. Looking up, you’ll see a grand Victorian edifice, the sole remnant of the Necropolis Railway—a railway for the dead. Well-to-do Londoners would bury their loved ones in the leafy, suburban Brookwood cemetery, traveling by train with the coffin. The railway was bombed in World War II and never rebuilt.

Q&A with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

An interview with our favorite storyteller, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes ahead of the movie launch and his latest book release 

The Downton Abbey Movie May Start Filming in 2018

Rejoice, Downton fans! It sounds like the Crawley family and their friends (including their servants) are all—finally—coming to the big screen!

What To Do In The Lake District

Are you visiting the lake district soon? Then here's everthing you need to see and what you can't afford to miss

Take Ten: Gardens of Summer

Blessed with a long growing season and plenty of rain, Great Britain’s green and pleasant land enjoys a climate and landscape ideally suited to gardening. And garden Britain does, with passion, patience and pride. In every style fashioned since the Romans, gardens are as iconic to the nation as tea, pubs and the monarchy. Scores of public and private gardens across the country from Cornwall to Sunderland are open to view. Wherever your travels take you this summer, if you’re in the neighborhood, do put one of these acclaimed gardens on your itinerary.

Q&A with Edinburgh International Festival Director Fergus Linehan

Even among Edinburgh’s many amazing August festivals—including the Fringe, Book, Film and Tattoo—the International is a stand-out with some of the most fully realized, rewarding productions from around the world—yet director Fergus Linehan won’t quite admit it’s the smartest. “There’s lots of ‘smart’ to all the festivals...That's the joy of Edinburgh in August—that no one festival is exclusive in that sense. The span across the performing arts, that’s what makes Edinburgh different from every other festival in the world,” argues Linehan, though he will agree the artists the International finds are extraordinary. “But it’s not about stardom for the sake of it, just people who are excellent in their field. Whether you’ve got a mezzo-soprano like Cecilia Bartoli, or an actress like Cherry Jones, or a dancer like Natalia Osipova, it’s about seeing those at the top of their game, what I call a mature aesthetic; they’ve found the clay they want to work with.”

Sand dunes running along Holkham bay beach & Nature reserve on North Norfolk coast, East Anglia, England, UK.

6 Days Along Britain's Magical Coast

The British coast along the Cotswolds is a delight. Our writer spent 6 days exploring the habitat.

Maggie Smith Wins Her Third Downton Emmy

Congrats to Maggie Smith for her win at the Emmy awards last night! Her portrayal of the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey’s final season earned her yet another Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award—her third for the part! Sadly, not everyone could be happy for Dame Maggie, who was unable to attend the ceremony; the night’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, referred to her as “Downton absent.” After it was announced that Smith won, Kimmel grabbed the statue away from presenter Minnie Driver and announced, “No, no, no! We're not mailing this to her!” Speaking to the camera, he said, “'Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.'

Prince George Does Not High-Five: Video

Sorry, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! You may currently be the youngest and best-looking world leader, sure, but that does mean anything to Prince George. The little guy flat-out rejected the prime minister's attempts to win him over. First, George refused to give Trudeau a high-five, then he similarly denied him a low-five. In a futile attempt to save face, Trudeau tried to settle for a simple handshake. George wouldn't even touch the man's hand! Kate and William's eldest child was poised and self-possessed in his refusal. He shook his head no and walked away--as is his royal right!

Queen Victoria and her servant John Brown

The Truth About Queen Victoria's Relationship With John Brown

We know Queen Victoria was devoted to Prince Albert, but did she really have an affair with a servant after his death? Historian Julia Baird certainly thinks so

Weaving Life at Quarry Bank Mill

Our favorite images of England are the rustic, the rural and the picturesque, where nature appears to advantage and humans live happily in harmony with the natural world. The images of early 19th-century Romanticism and the unshakable optimism of Victorian England color our expectations of Britain today.

The Beatles and Liverpool: Exploring The History

Liverpool is best known as the home of The Beatles, but there's more to the city than that. Join us as we take a trip through Merseyside.

David Jason as Del Boy

How Many Of These British Insults Do You Know?

Why bother telling someone they’re a dummy when you can just call them a daft git? Here's twenty of the best British insults 

Bailey Lane

Make Sure You make 2019 The Year You Visit The English Heartland

Have you visited the English heartland? Join us as we take a trip.

Q&A with Victoria Star Jenna Coleman

Since the arrival of Jenna Colemnan on our screens as Queen Victoria, we can't picture Britain’s 19th-century Queen as that sad widow in mourning black for much longer. We caught up with the actress about her iconic role

The Culinary Treasures of Ludlow

[caption id="TheCulinaryTreasuresofLudlow_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ebullient Graham Moore, landlord at The Unicorn, happily pulled me a pint of the expert’s choice at the recent Ludlow Food Festival.[/caption]

Q&A with Emma Frost on <em>The White Princess</em>

It’s a bit tricky keeping track of all the Edwards, Henrys and Elizabeths around the time of the Wars of the Roses. “So many people have the same names in this period of history!” says Emma Frost, writer and executive producer of The White Princess. “We call her Lizzie to distinguish her from her mother.” She means, of course, Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, the girl whose marriage to newly crowned King Henry VII was meant to “be the peace that ends the Cousins’ War.” This Lizzie, however, still loves the slain Richard III and was his lover before Henry’s army killed him at the Battle of Bosworth. Her younger brother, the rightful ruler—one of the “Princes in the Tower” everyone believes dead—was actually hidden away by their mother, leaving Lizzie with dangerously divided loyalties. “How big a price should a human being pay personally for the greater good?” asks Frost. Based on the historical novel by bestselling author and historian Philippa Gregory, Princess picks up just where the 2013 miniseries The White Queen left off—with the first Tudor king, from a remote branch of the Lancastrian family tree, winning the crown—and Elizabeth of York’s hand in marriage, though he doesn’t want it. “They have good reasons to be enemies,” adds Frost. She spoke to BHT about historical accuracy, “excavating” the lives of women and one of the most dangerously complicated arranged marriages ever.

London: What Might Have Been After the Great Fire

Three hundred and fifty years ago this fall, the Great Fire of London devastated England's capital city, destroying 13,000 houses and 84 churches in a blaze that lasted four days. Tomorrow, a new exhibit at the Royal Institute of British Architects imagines the different paths London's reconstruction could have taken.

Lindum Colonia: Ecclesiastical Powerhouse and Norman Fortress

APPROACHING LINCOLN BY TRAIN OR ROADWAY, the towers of Lincoln cathedral can be seen for miles perched on the only hilltop across the fat Lincolnshire fens. The Romans first settled a legion here on what was an Iron Age site: Lindum Colonia. A millennium later, William the Conqueror saw the spot as perfect for building an imposing castle and cathedral church. Subsequently, the twin fortresses of state and church became centers of politics and wealth throughout the Middle Ages. As county town for Lincolnshire, it has remained the political and economic hub of England’s third largest county. The treasures left through centuries of rich history make Lincoln a great visit today.

Join Pilgrims on the Mayflower Trail

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Across the Pond: What's Happening in the UK

Even from over there, you, our American friends, may have noticed that the Sceptered Isle has had a tumultuous few months lately.

Five Things to See at The British Library

“It isn’t just a place to do research; we have all kinds of gems here: printed books and maps and illustrated manuscripts,” British Library curator Zoë Wilcox tells British Heritage Travel. “The Magna Carta is right there,” she adds brightly, casually pointing to one history’s most important documents. We asked Wilcox to prove her point by choosing a few of her favorite objects in the library’s collections—not necessarily the most valuable things but rather items she just enjoys. “It was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just five,” she admits, “but there are some pieces I just had to include.”

BHT Tours: Stately Homes of Oxford and the Home Counties

With the help of Albion Journeys, we’ve crafted a travel experience specifically for our subscribers. We're pleased to present a tour of the incredible homes that grace the lands surrounding London—and you’ll enjoy all their history, beauty and architecture in the company of your like-minded fellow British Heritage Travel readers. For more information and to book your trip visit Albion Journeys or call 1-866-834-8358. Book your trip before November 1st and mention code 'BHINTRO2017' to receive $100 off!

Brit Surprises #1: First Dates

“This is no ordinary restaurant.” If you’ve ever clicked on a hotel TV tuned to Channel 4 while visiting the UK over the last couple years, you’ve probably heard these words. They kick off an incredibly enjoyable hour of observation. An “interactive documentary series” in which you watch regular Britons meeting, chatting and flirting over dinner—interspersed with on-camera confessions of romantic hopes and fears. The at-home (or at-hotel) viewer is a fly on the wall spying on two vulnerable strangers as they tentatively test each other out, usually with the best of intentions, in hopes of finding an intimate partner. Sincere as a heart attack, addictive as chocolate, light as a feather, First Dates is a well-meaning joy.

 Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English novelist and one of the most popular writers in the history of literature. (Photo by John & Charles Watkins/Getty Images)

5 Of Britain's Best Pubs: With The Best Ghostly Regulars

Britain's oldest pubs have many a story to tell. We look into the history of some of Britain's most fascinating boozers, and their most fascinating regulars

Across the Pond: The Royal Roommates Edition

Autumn begins just as we were finally starting to experience some ‘summery’ weather over here in the UK. We Britons are being urged by the government to spend our last few days of the season traveling the country in order to help the economy and quell any post-Brexit blues. Even our new prime minister Theresa May recently encouraged Brits to enjoy “staycations" (after she and her husband returned from a nice walking vacation in the Swiss Alps). Yet fears about the economy seem to have lessened as of late. Opinions, as always, vary depending on what side of the political fence you stand, but housing prices in the UK actually rose—0.6% to £206,145—between July and August. Not a bad sign, at least.

Five Must-See Things at Tate Britain

We asked curator Inga Fraser to choose five pieces of artwork she loves at Tate Britain for BHT readers. "We do have many artists who engage with history," she answered. Here are her choices:

A panoramic view of the River Thames, spanning from Tower Bridge to the Shard. The still water offers a perfect reflection of the city skyline.

Visiting The Royal Palaces of London

All you need to know about London's five royal palaces, and some expert advice on how to make the most of your time there

Arundel: The Best Town in Britain?

Is Arundel the best town in Britain?

England's Trent Valley: The Land of the Pilgrim Fathers

England's Trent Valley is a broad, fertile land. Narrow country lanes meander through fields of ripening wheat and barley to connect charming villages. I took my time as I drove along these roads, exploring the homeland of the American colonies' Founding Fathers. From this gentle countryside came the core of the Pilgrims who sailed aboard the Mayflower to arrive at Plymouth Rock on 27th December, 1620.

Daisy Goodwin Interview on Victoria, Victoria, and Victoria: The Queen, Novel and Show

Daisy Goodwin is a famed British writer. Join us for a chat!

Biking Through Wales: Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye, Pembrokeshire and More

Unless you’re already in the know about epic bike jaunts around the world, the sights along the 20-mile uphill pedal through the Brecon Beacons National Park will surprise you. Led by a guide from Drover Holidays, my group of eight rode our two-wheeled hybrid chariots to discover the magic of the Welsh countryside. Our departure point was the charming market town of Abergavenny in Monmouthsire County. Our destination: Hay-on-Wye, the internationally heralded secondhand book village in the Brecknockshire District.

Ellen Terry

One of the greatest Shakespearean actresses to ever grace the British stage, Ellen Terry's flamboyant life and vibrant personality are revealed in a tour of the 16th-century house where she spent her last 30 years.

How Kate Became Britain’s Queen of Style

Kate Middleton has always drawn admirers due to her stylish fashion sense. How did she become Britain's Queen of style?

24 Hours In Bath

It's one of the UK's most visited city, but what exactly can be achieved by spending 24 hours in Bath?

Chatsworth: The Palace of the Peaks

Over the years, I have visited scores of grand and stately homes from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire. They just don’t come any grander or statelier than Chatsworth, hereditary seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The Cavendish family has made it home since the days of King Henry VIII. Sited on the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, the Devonshire is considerably smaller than it once was, but still covers 35,000 acres. Chatsworth House is surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland. It takes a score of full-time gardeners to maintain more than 100 acres of Chatsworth’s gardens spread into the Derwent River valley. The distinct gardening fashions of six centuries are on superb display—for a third of a million visitors a year. It takes hours to see the gardens on foot. Or take the land train near the Orangery for a half-hour slow circuit where “every prospect pleaseth,” and hop out along the way to explore.

April Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Andrew Fyfe wins our April photo competition with these haunting images of the Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey, a place of Christian pilgrimage located on the West Coast of Scotland.

Mayflower in London

Where the famous voyage really began in Rotherhithe

Around Town: Happy Hijinks in Hampstead

IT MIGHT BE JUST A FEW STOPS on the Northern line, but Hampstead has more in common with Cheltenham, York or Harrogate than the grimy city it overlooks. The London village has never stopped being fashionable since the 18th century, and its quiet flagstones, Georgian shopfronts and Victorian streetlamps still see their fair share of celebrities, from Tim Burton to Ringo Starr. The winding alleyways, picturesque pubs, tiny boutiques and fabulous architecture are worth a wander, even if you don’t visit one of the top notch historic proper-ties—but do try at least one. Hampstead is not a place for anyone who doesn’t like hills. Even the high street is sloping, and to get anywhere truly interesting, climbing is required.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Comes Home

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, a unique international community artwork chronicling the impact of Scots throughout the world, has returned to the UK following a global tour during which its panels doubled in number to over 300.  It is now being exhibited in its entirety for the first time in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament, London from 20 March to 29 April 2017.

February Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Nancy Knoche wins our February photo competition with this gorgeous picture of York Minster. Read below for additional information behind the photo!

Around London Town: Regal Echoes in Royal Greenwich

Greenwich has played host to royalty, and especially female royalty, since time immemorial. Queens, consorts—and the occasional mistress—have all been welcomed and indulged by a riverside town that takes most things in its stride. Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace and, in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II recognized Greenwich as one of just six Royal boroughs in the land.

November Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Billy Fowks has won our November photo competition with this beautiful shot of the city of Edinburgh. Read below for the story behind the photo!

October Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Medi Jones wins our October photo competition with this picture of the Old Glastonbury Abbey. Read below for a bit more history on these ruins!

The Crown & Queen Elizabeth: Director Stephen Daldry On Season Three

Stephen Daldry directed and produced The Crown. Have you read our interview with the award winning director?

September Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Talia Zamboni wins our September photo competition with this meaningful image of the British flag. Read Talia's story below!

August Photo Winner

British Heritage Travel reader Sheila Saxby wins our August photo competition with this luminous image of Merton Street—the last original, medieval cobblestone street in the City of Oxford. Read Sheila's story about her time there below!

God Save the Queen!: Netflix's The Crown Trailer Is Here

Grab your corgis and prepare to binge watch this November 4th!

Happy Birthday, Prince George!

To celebrate the world's favorite prince's third birthday, Kensington Palace released four adorable pictures of George taken by photographer Matt Porteous.

William and Kate to Return to Canada

Our lucky neighbors to the north will soon be hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraving of Penshurst Place, in Penshurst, England Landmarks Victorian Engraving, 1840 from Our Own Country, Great Britain, Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial. Published in 1880

Q&A with Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L’Isle MBE of Penshurst Place

Philip Sidney talks to BHT about his family estate, Penshurst Place, and how it feels to truly live, and preserve, the history.

July Photo Winner: The Needles

British Heritage Travel reader Gary Sedan wins our July photo competition with this gorgeous picture of one of the most stunning landmarks in Britain. The Needles are a series of pinnacle chalk stacks extending into the Solent at Alum Bay on the western tip of the Isle of Wight. At the top of cliff stands the Marconi Monument, marking the spot where Guglielmo Marconi set up his first wireless transmission to ships at sea in 1897. A chairlift carries visitors from the clifftop to the base of The Needles on the shingle beach below. Read Gary's story of his awe-inspiring picture below.

St. Dunstan in the East Church Garden

Every tourist in London eventually hits his or her limit. After a few days of running through the underground stations and jumping from Parliament to museums to plays and quickly snatching sandwiches from those ubiquitous Tescos and Pret a Mangers in a crazy rush to squeeze in just one more landmark, one more statue, one more historical site...as wonderful as it is, it's also just exhausting. So when you've hit your limit, take a few hours to calm yourself at one of the city's hidden refuges. Sure, the bigger parks, like Green, St. James and Hyde, can be impressive in their slendor, but the crowds make those grand open spaces more (or possibly less) than the calming respite an overloaded visitor requires.

Save the Queen's Swans!

Yesterday, new Prime Minister Theresa May relinquished the UK’s turn at EU Council presidency (a strong step toward Brexit), Boris took a beating from the press and Britain baked in record heat, but won’t someone please think about Her Majesty's mute swans?!

June Photo Winner: A View from Y Rhiw

British Heritage Travel reader Bob Jablonski wins our June photo competition with this beautiful view of Y Rhiw—a small village on the southwest tip of the Llŷn Peninsula in Wales—complete with some adorable equines enjoying the local flora. Check out the photo below!

Kings Place: London’s Newest Concert Halls Eat, drink and be merry!

OVER THE YEARS it has been a train scheduled to depart King’s Cross or St. Pancras stations that has brought my husband and me to this part of London. For the last dozen years it has also been the British Library, built to house the collection previously located within the British Museum in Bloomsbury, which has enticed us here with its changing exhibitions and poetry readings. But since 2008 we have been happily lured to the area by Kings Place, which is the first new music venue built from scratch in London since the Barbican Hall was opened in 1982. As you walk up York Way, alongside King’s Cross station, the building emerges at the end of the road as a pleasant surprise. York Way is a bustling, bland street with dreary warehouses and drab office buildings, but then you catch sight of the glistening new structure that houses the offices of The Guardian newspaper. It is also the home of Kings Place, an arts center that focuses on music, art and the written word. Just beyond the building is the Regent’s Canal which offers a sense of peace and tranquility and sets the mood for the music and art within. Kings Place has two concert halls. Hall One has a shoebox, or double cube shape, a raked stage, and fixed seating for 420 people. It is a superb venue for chamber music, and the London Chamber Music Society, one of its resident groups, www.londonchambermusic.org.uk), performs on Sunday evenings during the season. The hall’s outstanding acoustics are partly due to the tall columns regularly spaced away from the walls in the upper part of the room. Its interior is lined with oak from a single German 500-year-old tree that provides more than an acre of veneer. Hall Two, a smaller space, is often used for rehearsals as well as live performances, and its flexible seating can be arranged in the round or other formations. As you enter from the street, Kings Place’s bright, airy central atrium welcomes one and all whether you have a ticket to a concert or not. Even those who do not like classical music will want to check out the many free events that are held throughout the year in the atrium space, as well as the available restaurants. Inexpensive food and refreshments are served cafeteria style throughout the day at the Green and Fortune Café. For something more upscale, the Rotunda Restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the picturesque Regent’s Canal, offers a fancier setting and complete meals either inside or on its terrace.

King Charles II

The Reign of Charles II

Charles II was a polarizing figure. How much do you know about the former King?

Brunel’s ‘Atmospheric Caper’

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A Commonplace Book

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Fruits of the Sea

[caption id="FruitsoftheSea_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] At Rick Stein’s famed seafood restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, the sea’s bounty is presented with a distinctive flair.[/caption]

Dateline

Stratford, East London

The Edward Elgar Birthplace Museum

[caption id="TheEdwardElgarBirthplaceMuseum_img1" align="aligncenter" width="161"] Edward Elgar, whose Pomp and Circumstance “knocked ’em flat” during its London premiere.[/caption]

Dateline Britain

The Clyde; the Trossachs

The Latest Books About Britain

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Behind the Scenes at the British Museum

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Our Sceptered Isle

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Coming in British Heritage

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Lending a Hand at Ightham Mote

CDATA[NEAR THE LITTLE VILLAGE of Ivy Hatch, in Kent, lies one of the National Trust’s hidden gems, the quaint 14th-century moated manor house called Ightham Mote. As a visitor to this lovely property back in the early 1990s, I can still recall that moment of gratified surprise upon first seeing the manor’s exquisite timber-framed exterior and unique setting. This past summer, some 17 years later, I found myself back at Ightham Mote, not as a visitor, but as one of the thousands of volunteers who contribute time to a National Trust property.

Hands Across the Sea: Jamestown 2007: America’s 400th Anniversary

THE ORIGINAL “HANDS Across the Sea” happened 400 years ago. Chartered by King James I in 1606, the Virginia Company was a joint stock company charged with the settlement of Virginia. In December of that year, three small ships set sail from England with a complement of 144 sailors and colonists bound for the shores of the New World. In May 1607 the tiny flotilla landed on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and on a small island in the James River estuary established the first permanent British colony in North America. Since 1807, Jamestown has marked its founding with commemorative celebrations every 50 years. The Jubilee at Jamestown in 1807 was a five-day event that included a regatta of sailing vessels, a parade and orations by the students of the College of William and Mary. In 1857 overnight cabins, a temporary saloon and a dining hall accommodating 500 were constructed for visitors who came by ship and steamer to attend the festivities. The Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition of 1907 drew more than a million visitors, and naval fleets from across the globe. Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain and President Teddy Roosevelt were featured speakers. In 1957 Jamestown’s 350th anniversary drew more than 1 million visitors as well. The highlight of the 1957 celebration was the first state visit of Queen Elizabeth II since her accession to the throne. Completion of the Colonial Parkway linking Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, and the re-created colony of Jamestown Settlement are lasting reminders of the Jamestown Festival 1957. Fifty years have passed and Jamestown is celebrating again. This summer’s sail of Godspeed north along the Eastern Seaboard marks the beginning of 18 months of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of England’s first colonial settlement on these shores. State agencies across Virginia are joining a Jamestown Federal Commission and local organizations of Virginia’s Historic Triangle under the umbrella of Jamestown 2007 to coordinate events ranging from an American Indian Intertribal Cultural Festival to a series of academic conferences on the “Foundations and Future of Democracy” held at universities across Virginia. A Jamestown British Committee, headquartered in Maidstone, Kent, is coordinating a variety of commemorative activities on that side of the sea—including ceremonial salutes to the Virginia Company, the 1606 departure from London and the celebrated princess known as Pocahontas.

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Singing at Wiltons, a New Take on Mikado and Darwin’s Down

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Around Town

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Bits of Books About Britain

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A Thorny Christmas Story

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Puzzler

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The Promise of Christmas

CDATA[WHEN THE DARKLING OF the winter comes upon us, then we anticipate the coming of the solstice and Christmas and the New Year. We need these occasions of hope and assurance in the land’s annual rebirth and of bacchanal. From what we know of Stonehenge and many of Britain’s 600+ prehistoric circles, the earliest of Britain’s peoples marked the solstice with importance. Despite what lesser gods these folk observed, their practical deity was the Sun, source of light, heat and harvest. Whatever calendar they observed, it’s hardly surprising that the winter solstice was its red letter day. We may not know how they marked that day, but we have never needed to question why. As the Christian gospel penetrated Britain in the early dark ages, Welsh and Scots, then Englishmen and Vikings, marked the changing year with the feast of Immanuel, “God with Us” in the person of the Christ Child. The “Christ mass” too promised rebirth, a renewal of hope and a collective remembrance of God’s love. Over the centuries, the social celebration of Christmas has lost some of its piety, but the import of its message has remained constant: There will be peace on earth. Despite the secularization of our day, that faith in the promise of peace has colored our society and culture indelibly. It has taken hundreds of years for us to work out as well as we have the social and human values implied in our inherited Judeo-Christian view of the world. The end of the Cold War brought the Anglo-American world a sense of optimism, which has evanesced in this new war defending the borders of Western Civilization. We find it hard to internalize that other peoples do not share our belief in peace on earth and goodwill to mankind. Perhaps this year more than most, we need to remember the promise of peace implicit in the Christmas message, to commemorate our legacy of individual worth and freedom, and to celebrate the blessings of our shared history and hard-earned society. That’s reason enough to set down our daily care and enjoy the plum pudding, rum punch and presents. Once again, British Heritage lopes lovingly across the shires and reminds us again of the rich heritage of culture and history that we treasure. And when we need a smile, it’s time to go to the panto!

Letters from Our Readers

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Commonplace Book

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Stories to be Told

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Letters and Miscellany

[caption id="LettersandMiscellany_img1" align="aligncenter" width="689"] The monolithic stones at Merry Maidens in Cornwall are said to have been carefree village girls who were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday.[/caption]

100 Years of Flight at Hendon

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Trafalgar Square’s Christmas Tree

EVERY YEAR SINCE 1947, Norway has sent a tall spruce tree to London in thanks for Britain’s help during World War II. Erected in Trafalgar Square and decorated with lights, it is London’s official Christmas tree. An evening lighting ceremony with music and entertainment launches the city’s holiday season, usually on the first Thursday of December. Occasional noontime carol concerts beside the tree make the square a cheerful place, though the pigeons don’t seem to care one way or the other. The lights are turned on ever evening until midnight. Each year’s tree is usually 50 to 60 years old and stands about 70 feet tall. After the holidays last year, Jenny Jones, the deputy mayor of London, helped put the spruce tree through a chipper to turn it into mulch for the city’s parks.

A Horrible Crash Puts an End to Dreams of Lighter-than-air Travel

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Make it British Books for Christmas

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Peace, for a Moment, Breaks Out Along the Western Front

It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere; and…there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches….And then they sang “Silent Night—Stille Nacht.” I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life —Albert Moren, 2nd Queen’s Regiment

English Heartland

Exploring The Heart Of England

Few places capture the imagination quite like the English Heartland. Join us as we take a trip!

It’s Gold, Gardens, Vikings and Tapas

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Chelsea: Strolling Down the King’s Road

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A Cotswold Christmastide

â [caption id="ACotswoldChristmastide_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Rising from the River Windrush, the village of Bourton-on-the-Water’s Christmas tree announces the holidays in the Cotswolds.[/caption]

Lord & Lady Macdonald of Skye: Highland Heritage and Hospitality

Lord Macdonald leads the far-flung Clan Macdonald as High Chief, and he and Lady Macdonald also preside over their own fair and hospitable corner of the “Garden of Skye.”

Beyond the Bookshelf

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The Art of William Heath Robinson

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Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner: Founder of Immunology

Edward Jenner is undoubtedly one of the most important Britons ever. The founder of immunology saved millions of lives worldwide. Read more to find out about the famous figure.

The Latest Books About Britain

Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940, by Patrick Bishop, published by Penguin Books, New York, 448 pages, softcover &dollar;16, www.penguin.com

The Handel House Museum

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A Commonplace Book

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The Brindley Water Mill

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The Latest Books, Videos, and Television About Britain

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Let’s Go for a Curry!

great british comestibles

Dateline

Clarence House, London

Dateline

Lambeth Palace, London

The Village—A Journalist Investigates

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The Continuing Search for Britain

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Last Orders Please!

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Coming in British Heritage

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Step into the life of Georgian England at Colonial Williamsburg

[caption id="StepintothelifeofGeorgianEnglandatColonialWilliamsburg_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] In Williamsburg’s bicameral Capitol building, the Royal Council and the House of Burgesses debated, like Parliament, the issues facing Britain’s largest and richest American colony.[/caption]

Yes, Stirring Times Indeed

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Out of Sight and Out of This World, Just for Fun

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Eureka! Queen Lucia Invades Tilling-on-Sea

[caption id="EurekaQueenLuciaInvadesTillingonSea_img1" align="aligncenter" width="702"] There is venom behind the smiles of Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales in Tilling-on-Sea.[/caption]

Living the History: Channel Surfing from Devon to Essex

THIS AUTUMN was certainly an exciting time to be in Britain. With the country undergoing its most significant sea change in public policy since World War II, it is hardly surprising that opinions are rather polarized. The Conservative-led coalition government, however, has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and tackled the United Kingdom’s insupportable social system and public debt head on. Social policy was admittedly not on my mind, though, as I landed at Heathrow and headed west on the M4 looking for what adventures might befall. Old friends and long-time British Heritage readers Tad and Norm Berkowitz joined me on the road. Our first destination was the aged seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare. That evening, Siân Ellis and her mate Dave and my good friends from the Valleys, Carol and Norman Jarrett, all crossed the Severn from Wales to join us for a delightful evening of badinage, good beer and a setting to rights of the Atlantic alliance. I could be very au courant for a journalist and call it a “focus group.”

Hands Across the Sea: St. Andrew’s societies: celebrating Scotland and all things Scottish

FROM ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA to Singapore to Thailand to, of course, Scotland, the societies of Scots, descendants of Scots, families of Scots, and admirers of Scotland and its culture are sprinkled around the world. In the United States, St. Andrew’s societies dot the map. Many were founded in the 19th century to aid the settlement of Scottish immigrants. The one in New York City claims to be the oldest. Its predecessor society, the Scots Society of New York [City], was founded in 1744. The St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C., is only a little younger, founded in 1760 in neighboring Alexandria, Va. Other St. Andrew’s societies have been around for just a decade or so. The things they all have in common are fostering—and enjoying—Scottish traditions and culture and doing charitable works. Societies may also support pipe and drum corps or give scholarships for Scottish dancing or Scottish studies. Most societies have full calendars of activities, beginning each year with a Robert Burns supper in late January on the weekend nearest the Scottish bard’s birthday, January 25. The ceremonial centerpiece on the menu is the haggis, Scotland’s national dish—a necessary mainstay of the menu. Toasted oatmeal, onions, suet, minced liver and seasonings, mixed together and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, yield a much-maligned but tasty main dish. April brings Tartan Day on the 6th, a date officially recognized by the U.S. Senate since 1998 as “a celebration of the contribution generations of Scots-Americans have made to the character and prosperity of the United States.” Each society likely holds an event on St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, and a Christmas get-together. Other events that the societies participate in, sponsor or attend are ceilidhs, Highland games, parades, special church services marked by bagpipe music, formal parties where the gentlemen wear dress kilts, golf tournaments, fundraisers, trips and single-malt tastings—the list differs from group to group. Membership requirements also vary. At least one, in Washington, D.C., accepts only men, though it has many activities that include spouses and families. Some societies insist that a prospective member prove he or she was born in Scotland, or document descent from someone who was. Others have different levels of membership for the Scottish or the merely interested. Like many social clubs, St. Andrew’s societies may require that prospective members be sponsored by members in good standing. Sometimes they offer to help prospects meet members who will sponsor them. Annual dues are modest, usually less than $50, but the enjoyment to be had and the good works to be done are great—all for the love of Scotland. For a list of St. Andrew’s societies in the United States, along with contact information, see www.scottish-coalition.org. The Web site also includes other Scottish-American organizations.

Commonplace Book

[caption id="CommonplaceBook_img1" align="aligncenter" width="568"] Tenting tonight on the old camp ground? Try the formal gardens of Leeds Castle.[/caption]

Cabbages and Kings from Brighton to Edinburgh

[caption id="CabbagesandKingsfromBrightontoEdinburgh_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The bedroom in which Sir Winston Churchill was born can be seen as part of a visit to Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire village of Woodstoc.[/caption]

Nant Gwrtheyrn: Learning Welsh on the Lleyn Peninsula

[caption id="NantGwrtheyrn_img1" align="aligncenter" width="661"] The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) supports a variety of initiatives that enhance the economy of rural Wales.[/caption]

Beamish

THE NORTH OF ENGLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Dateline

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Meet London Historians and Jeeves on Stage

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The remains of Rievaulx Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire’s Medieval Cistercian Abbeys

Did you know there are four Cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire, including a World Heritage site? Visit all four with our expert guide

Unique in all the World the English Cathedral Choir

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Ely Castle

A Day to Visit Ely

Ely is a gorgeous cathedral town. Join us as we take a trip!

The World at War: Updating history

[caption id="BeyondtheBookshelf_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The late great Sir Laurence Olivier narrated each of the 26 episodes of this famous documentary.[/caption]

Jason on a Lark, Scottish Snowdrops and London Transport

DVD Rough Diamond, 2-vol. boxed set, Acorn Media, Silver Spring, Md., 297 minutes, &dollar;39.99.

The Latest Books about Britain

THIS ISSUE, WE PUT on the bookshelf tales that offer a vision of life in the British aristocracy between the two world wars. The first of these is the next in our series of glimpses at those books our readers’ poll indicated were the most British books of all time: Brides head Revisited,by Evelyn Waugh. Upper-class England gets a very different treatment with the unique humor of novelist P.G. Wodehouse. And what better time in history to revisit the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. What each of these grand reads shares in common, characters and authors alike, is that they all probably crossed the Atlantic on RMS Empress.

Stewed Cheese, Engineers and the Fan Museum

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Last Orders, Please!

[caption id="LastOrdersPlease_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Heat exhaustion fells this guardsman on the Horse Guards Parade during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1957.[/caption]

Wafting in the Winds of Change

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A Commonplace Book

[caption id="ACommonplaceBook_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Benjamin Disraeli lies buried in the churchyard of this small parish church in the Hughenden Valley just below the manor that was his country home for more than 30 years.[/caption]

Last Orders, Please!

[caption id="LastOrdersPlease_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] At the North of England Open Air Museum near Chester-le-Street, the village of Beamish exists completely as it did in 1913, when the miners, factory workers and farmers of the North Country enjoyed their highest standard of living to date. Visitors can sample both the sweet shop and the dentist.[/caption]

Dateline

Met Office, Bracknell

Worlds of Wonder

[caption id="WorldsofWonder_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Matilda draws crowds on Broadway and the West End. A familiar scene from the original 1971 Willy Wonka.[/caption]

On the Road Again

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Terrible Beauty in Snowdonia’s Slate Mines

[caption id="TerriblebeauTyinSnowdoniasSlateMines_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="865"] Visitors don a hard hat and take the miners’ train deep into the mountains.[/caption]

Exploring Beautiful Bath!

Bath is famous for its famous Roman architecture and is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us as we take a trip to the beautiful city!

Richmond, the American International University in London

[caption id="RichmondtheAmericanInternationalUniversityinLondon_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Richmond has been part of this vibrant Thamesside community since its founding in 1843.[/caption]

Stonehenge

Hidden Landscapes of Stonehenge

Stonehenge remains one of Britain's most intriguing sites. Read more as we take a look into some of the incredible recent discoveries made at the site.

Boris Bikes, a Place by the Fire and Gin in Teacups

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Fizzy at Dizzying Heights, Hampstead and Lace Fripperies

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Living the History: What’s Right About Britain

AS THE HEADLINES in this issue’s Dateline indicate, it has been an eventful early winter in Britain. Apart from the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the daily onslaught of news, both economic and meteorological, has been depressing. With so many things seeming to go awry, this seems to be a good time to reflect on what’s actually right about Britain. After all, there are so many things about Britain that many of us have long admired. First, Great Britain has a knack for historic preservation. I’ve long maintained that Britain lives more comfortably in its history than anywhere else in the world. It’s a British way of life, perhaps taken for granted, that integrates the old, very old, ancient and timeless into daily life. The castle off the market place is as much a part of the present as it was when it was first built. That embracing of the past’s fabric is reflected in institutions like the National Trust. Its membership of some 3 million people contributes crucially to the preservation of 100s of stately homes, medieval abbeys and historic sites, and 1,000s of acres of recreational, scenic and eco-sensitive land. English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland are popularly supported in their task of maintaining and administrating hundreds of sites important to Britain’s political, ecclesiastical, social and industrial history. Across the island, Britain excels in identifying, researching and preserving the artifacts, edifices and locales of its history. It adapts well to living with them and presents them superbly to visitors. The gift shops and tea rooms are a bonus. Second, there is a general acceptance of and widespread support for eco-conservation. Yes, it’s a long drive from Penzance to Canterbury, but this sceptered isle is still a relatively small island. The natural resources, habitats and ecosystems of the country need to be managed pretty well to sustain the demands of its population— agriculturally, recreationally and environmentally. And they are. From the magnificent Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge to the first nest of breeding ospreys this year on Rutland Water, wetlands and reservoirs are preserved and protected for wildlife and a healthy ecosystem. Both ancient customs and today’s Forestry Service maintain down near the Solent some 70,000-acres of the New Forest.

Happy and Glorious for 60 Years

THOSE OF YOU who follow such things have been doubtless aware that Britain and her constituent peoples are in the midst of what many good folk are taking as a national identity crisis. The changes taking place in British society and the subcultures that have taken root in its midst have sent a tremor of self-doubt through people who have thought of themselves as grounded in a continuity with their past. Ranks of perfectly legal economic migrants from Eastern Europe have flooded the labor market, and added new languages and social enclaves to large existing ethnic communities. Housing, education and health services present significant long-term social needs. Village post offices are closing and the major supermarket chains are fighting off antimonopoly actions. There’s a general feeling of dread lest the new EU Treaty undermines the nation’s sovereignty, and a leading Labour think tank has now recommended that Britain scale back its Christmas celebrations out of fairness to other religions. That’s not going down well. Meanwhile, the strength of the British pound has prompted airliners full of Brits to fly to our East Coast to do their Christmas shopping this year. It seems like a crazy world. Change is constant, of course, and has come dramatically to Great Britain throughout its long and colorful history. Those successive invasions of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans were not exactly subtle. Britain survived as well the Reformation, the Commonwealth, the Union and World War II GIs. Despite the jeremiads of today, Britain has proved as adaptable as it is stolid. Speaking of adaptable and stolid, in November, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary to much public acclaim and a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. When they were married, London was still digging out from under the ashes of World War II and living on its ration book. Throughout the 60 years since, despite the traumas the Royal Family has suffered, the Queen and Prince Philip have served as a refreshing beacon of continuity within change. They are a reminder that devotion to each other and to country count and that, flawed as the monarchy might be, as long as that continuity exists, there’ll always be an England. Congratulations, Your Majesty. Despite the periodic intrusions of real life, your reign has indeed been happy and glorious. Like British Heritage, you remind us that what is of true value is time-tested and timeless.

The Thames: Britain's Best Waterway

The Thames is iconic. Join us as we look into what makes everyone's favorite river so special.

English Cider

The Joys of English Cider

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to enjoy it than with a glass of cider. Join us as we take a look at one of Britain's most beloved beverages.

Newton and Cowper the Olney Hymns

[caption id="NewtonandCowper_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The garden at Orchard Side was a great delight to William Cowper, and in the summer house he and John Newton spent many hours in conversation.[/caption]

Commonplace Book

PAGE 24 Magna Carta is such a fellow, that he will have no sovereign. —Edward Coke

Revisiting the Bed & Breakfast

[caption id="RevisitingtheBed&Breakfast_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Backpackers hiking in the Lake District find a vacancy at the Stone Close. People stay at B&Bs for all sorts of reasons, and the choices have never been greater.[/caption]

Edward I (1239-1307) on engraving from 1845. King of England during 1272-1307. Published in London by J.S.Virtue.

Was Edward I The Most Romantic Royal Ever?

Edward I ordered 12 monuments, known as Eleanor Crosses, be built to honour his dead wife. So was he the most romantic monarch of all or was he a pragmatist who used Eleanor of Castile's death to futher the infrastructure of medieval Britain?

Tea in Parliament and Gossip at Court

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A Day to Visit Lewes A Common Sense Town

[caption id="ADaytoVisitLewesACommonSenseTown_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ancient Lewes on the South Downs of East Sussex takes its name from the Saxon word for hills or slopes. The historic market town rises along several of these steep hills.[/caption]

Last Orders, Please!

[caption id="LastOrdersPlease_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] During World War II, Herefordshire farmers fill a cider cask to reserve it for the victory celebration to come.[/caption]

Elizabeth I, Pizza in the Turkish Baths, Shopping for Silver and Fans

[caption id="ElizabethIPizzaintheTurkishBathsShoppingforSilverandFans_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] This painted vellum fan on ivory sticks and guards commemorated the accession of King George II in 1727.[/caption]

Notes From Albion

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The Stage is Shakespeare’s

[caption id="TheStageIsShakespeares_Feature" align="aligncenter" width="568"] Will Shakespeare appeared for pictures all around his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon on his 450th birthday.[/caption]

Captain Cook: The Greatest Explorer

FROM THE 16TH TO 18TH CENTURIES, explorers were the superstars of their day: Magellan, da Gama, Cabot, Vespucci, Hudson and more. But the greatest of these was Captain James Cook. Born in North Yorkshire in 1728, as a teenager Cook signed on as a merchant seaman in the coastal coal trade. He taught himself the skills of navigation and in 1755 joined the Royal Navy. He spent five years surveying Atlantic Canada, producing the first accurate charts of the coast of Newfoundland. In 1768 Cook was given command of Endeavour and sent to the Pacific to observe a rare transit of Venus across the Sun. Cook was charged too with searching the South Pacific for the mythic continent known as Terra Australis. In the process, he mapped the complete New Zealand coastline and became the first European to see Australia’s east coast. When Cook returned home in 1771, he’d been at sea three years. Though Cook’s journey brought him celebrity, he had failed to find Terra Australis. The next year he tried again, this time commanding Resolution. He became the first to circumnavigate the globe around Antarctica. Before returning home, Captain Cook had put Easter Island, Vanuatu, South Georgia, the South Sandwich and Friendly Islands on the map. Cook set out a third time in 1776, again in Resolution. He became the first European to set foot in Hawaii. Then, he charted the west coast of North America from California to the Bering Strait. On his return to Hawaii in 1779, a contretemps with the natives resulted in Cook’s death at their hands. Captain Cook never lived to enjoy the accolades his accomplishments deserved, but those are the chances he willingly took.

A Commonplace Book

[caption id="ACommonplaceBook_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] From The Tors and other cliffside hotels, the views over Lynmouth harbor and the North Devon coast are unbeatable.[/caption]

Dateline

Ascot, Berkshire

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Westminster, London

Britain’s History in a New National Museum

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Farewell, David Cameron!

The prime minister stepped down today, as promised. Though Cameron's legacy is...complicated, his final departure was perfection. Cameron posted the photo below of himself and "Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office" Larry on Twitter. (Their relationship, considering Cameron is reportedly a dog person, has always been suspicious.) Side note: The Downing Street cat must also say goodbye to the Cameron family; he will be staying on at Number 10.

His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, American Contingent

[caption id="HisMajestys10thRegimentofFootAmericanContingent_img1" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Soldiers of the 10th Foot relax on Lexington Green before the annual Patriots’ Day skirmish.[/caption]

Nomad Cinema and Swashbuckling Pirates

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Pink Tea in the Garden Room

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It’s No Holiday on the Road in Great Britain

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Britain’s Past and Present: Making the Vital Connection

THERE ARE MANY reasons for championing history. The better we know and understand the past, the better we know and understand ourselves and our own times. Over the last year, Great Britain has engaged more seriously than ever in questions of its national identity. The country has become one of the great melting pots of our times. Ethnic and cultural minorities from across the globe fill British cities. You can pick up a Polish-language London daily newspaper; for years the most popular first name given boys has been Mohammad; few service jobs in the hospitality industry these days are filled with native English speakers. While the United Kingdom has been more than hospitable to Commonwealth immigrants and its European Union neighbors, its cultural, religious and social values—what has been Britain’s identity and sense of itself—has come starkly into question. The difficulty is that while Britain has indeed been welcoming, it has not naturally integrated the newcomers into its society—let alone its institutions. Instead, each ethnic people has been encouraged, and socially funded, to keep its own organizations, celebrations, religions and communities. It has been easy to live in Britain, but it is not easy to become English, or Welsh or Scottish. Interestingly enough, it is rare to see non-Anglo-Celtic British folk at the kind of heritage sites that we Anglophiles love to cross the ocean to visit. You do not typically find England’s ethnic minorities visiting at National Trust or English Heritage properties, or strolling the path at Stourhead. While the kids come in school groups, blazer-clad and clipboard in hand, they don’t usually return in family groups or as adults. It must be that they do not feel these places have anything to do with them. Or do they not sense a welcome and participation there? We claim the land by knowing about it. It is the shared knowledge of the past and how it emerges into the present lives we lead together that creates a shared identity. The proposed new National Museum of British History is a step in the right direction. In the meantime, Britain would be well served to encourage all those who are there to claim the past for themselves, to visit the stately homes and gardens, castles and battlefields, industrial and folk life museums from Cornwall to the Highlands that are the physical memorials to British history. Connecting Britain’s rich, colorful past and dynamic present, of course, is what British Heritage delights to do. Undoubtedly, getting everyone a subscription to the magazine could only serve the cause of understanding!