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Queen Elizabeth II applauds enthusiastically as her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, tackles the obstacle course for coaches at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The Royal Family clap for the NHS

Have you seen this footage of the Royals clapping the NHS?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has covid-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus as the outbreak continues to spread across the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth Attends The Opera

Have you seen this incredible footage of Queen Elizabeth at the opera?

Part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, UK, circa 1960. Possibly St Edward\'s Crown. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Have you seen this footage of The Crown Jewels?

The Crown Jewels are consistently held up as one of the most impressive collections of their kind.

A promo shot for the TV show, Foyle\'s War.

Foyle's War - 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 II arrives for the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple\'s four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany

The reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Eizabeth II is officially the world's longest reigning monarch, but what comparisons can be made between her reign and that of Queen Elizabeth I?

Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin.

Scotland's mysterious Rosslyn Chapel

Long the focus of folklore and legend, including Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, what about an email from Mary Magdalene? Why not?!

Iona is an Inner Hebrides Scottish island off the Isle of Mull west coast of Scotland, it\'s a popular tourist destination known for the abbey

Exploring the magical Isle of Iona

The isle of Iona is one of Scotland's best-kept secrets and most stunning tourist attractions.

Circa 1805: Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758 - 1805), British admiral, wearing the uniform in which he was fatally wounded.

The personal life of Admiral Horatio Nelson

At the National Maritime Museum's Nelson Gallery, visitors catch a glimpse of the personality of England's greatest naval warrior Admiral Horatio Nelson

The famous London diarist, Samuel Pepys.

The amazing London of Samuel Pepys

For four decades the gadabout diarist reported on the epic events of London city, most notably the Great Fire of London.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the telephone to Queen Elizabeth II for her Weekly Audience during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at 10 Downing Street on March 25, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth shares an iconic photo of her and Boris Johnson

Have you seen this iconic photo of Queen Elizabeth and Boris Johnson?

World War II vet, Harry Fenn (95): \"I served my country and did my duty, now it\'s your duty to sit on the couch.\"

WWII D-Day vets plead with British to stay at home to fight Covid-19

"I served my country and did my duty, now it's your duty to sit on the couch."

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day.

WATCH: Incredible footage of Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day

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

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 refuses to return ancient Ethiopian treasures

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

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.

Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth

The Royal Tradition that has been hit hardest by coronavirus

This Royal Tradition is no more due to the coronavirus.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus COVID-19

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles has tested positive for Coronavirus, Clarence House has confirmed.

What to do in Canterbury

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

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the Royal Britannia.

Honeymoons and holidays - How much do you know about the Royal Yacht Britannia?

The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Queen for 44 years from its launch on April 16th, 1953 until it was decommissioned in 1997.

Buckingham Palace.

The History of Buckingham Palace

The English monarchy has lived at Buckingham Palace since the reign of Queen Victoria, but how much do you know about its history?

 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives his daily COVID 19 press briefing at Downing Street on March 22, 2020 in London, England. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has ordered the UK to go into complete lockdown

Boris Johnson made a statement last night. Here's what he said.

Barrage balloons over London during World War II.

Will Britain's WWII Blitz Spirit get them through the COVID-19 pandemic

What does the Second World War term Blitz Spirit mean? And why is it brought up during every public crisis that hits the UK?

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.

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

Portrait of Mary I of England, Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death

Who was Queen Mary I?

She was the first woman monarch to rule in her own right, and also one of the most unpopular, but what did Mary I achieve and why is she known as Bloody Mary?

Queen Elizabeth I.

The truth behind the reign of Queen Elizabeth I

On this day, Jan 15, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth took place, but was this monarch's reign fraught with lies?

The nave and chancel of St Botolph\'s church in Boston Lincolnshire.The church is commonly known as Boston Stump

The history of St. Botolph's & John Cotton

How a church in Lincolnshire inspired the city of Boston and the story of John Cotton

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, a painting by John Collier.

The legacy of Anthony Ashley-Cooper the Victorian social reformer

Anthony Ashley Cooper opened people's eyes to the oppression of the weakest and poorest among them and led the way to easing their misery.

 The Band of the Coldstream Guards form up around the main gate of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at Buckingham Palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 11.30 in the morning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

A member of staff at Buckingham Palace has tested positive for coronavirus

A member of staff at Buckingham Palace has tested positive for coronavirus. Here's the details.

Princess Eugenie.

Everything you need to know about Princess Eugenie for her Birthday!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York!

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.

What 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?

White cliffs of Dover viewed from cross channel ferry, Kent, England, United Kingdom

The White Cliffs of Dover - Everything you need to know

The Cliffs of Dover are one of Britain's most iconic attractions. Join us as we take a look into what makes them so special.

A copy of the Magna Carta can be seen in Christ Church, Dublin, Ireland.

What is the Magna Carta? Everything you need to know

It formed the basis for America's Bill of Rights but what is the Magna Carta, and how did the Great Charter come to be?

Visitors celebrate summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on June 21, 2019 in Amesbury, England. Visitors and modern day druids gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn in a tradition dating back thousands of years. The solstice sunrise marks the start of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Stonehenge Spring Equinox cancelled due to Coronavirus

Hundreds have been left disappointed as the Stonehenge Spring Equinox is cancelled.

British comedians Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in a scene from \'Monthy Python and the Holy Grail\', directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975 (Photo by Warner Bros./Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British Films; 5 of the classics

Now more than ever we have ample time to sit back and enjoy these classic British films.

The plague of Florence, in 1348.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't the first the British Royal family have weathered

The world is currently battling the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Here is a look back at the pandemics through history and how the Royal Family fared.

Queen Elizabeth II asks Britons to take action for "the greater good" amid COVID-19 pandemic

As Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, have self-isolated to Windsor Castle, to weather the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, she sent a message of support to her people.

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

We take a look back at some of the defining moments throughout the late princess's life.

Badbury rings, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England

Exploring Dorchester and Thomas Hardy country

Perhaps the most complete literary landscape in Britain is the fictional region of Wessex, where late Victorian writer Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels.

Tandoori chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices then roasted in a clay oven called a “tandoor.”

Britain's favourite dish - let's go for a curry

How Britain fell in love with Britain and Chicken Tikka Massala become the United Kingdom's official favorite dinner.

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.

Horatio Nelson.

Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar

Lord Nelson was a brave and ferocious leader in war. Here's a fascinating account of his life.

Sculpture on beach.

The weird and wonderful Suffolk Coast

Welcome to the eccentric, exciting, weird and wonderful Suffolk coast.

Prince William addresses the nation on COVID-19 and the National Emergency Trust.

Prince William shows King-like reassurance in COVID-19 address

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was the first of the British Royal Family to address the nation amid the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Celebrity posing for paparazzi on red carpet - stock photo

The Great British Quiz...Can you name these British celebrities?

Let's have some fun - take our Great British Quiz!

Official photograph of Princess Elizabeth and her husband on honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire.

Queen Elizabeth's first married home to become a museum

The Maltese Government have revealed their plans to turn the couple's first home into a museum.

Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr.

Owain Glyndwr's legendary fight for Wales

Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr arguably became the most famous and highly regarded figure in Welsh history.

 Princess Beatrice of York attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

Bad news for Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice has been hit with some more bad news.

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Your Royal self-isolation guide: What are Queen Elizabeth's hobbies?

Just what are Queen Elizabeth's hobbies for this period of self-isolation?

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II.

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?

Robert Pakington was a London merchant who became an MP in 1533.

Three 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.

Is Arundel, West Sussex, the best town in Britain?

Is Arundel the best town in Britain?

Queen Elizabeth in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's our favorite photos of the Royals in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's our favorite photos of the Royals in Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House on February 25, 2020 in London, England. MI5 is the United Kingdom\'s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Covid-19 and the Royals; Everything we know so far

Covid-19 is sweeping across the globe at an alarming rate. Here's how it relates to the Royals.

Belfast City Hall

Seven reasons to visit Belfast

Are you planning a trip to Belfast soon? Here's a list with 7 things you have to do, some of which may surprise you.

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

Five facts about Prince Albert

In 2019 Britain celebrated Prince Albert's 200th birthday, here are five unknown facts about Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria.

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.

WATCH: 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?

Queen Elizabeth II attends a service for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul\'s Cathedral on March 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth's advice on wearing a crown

Have you seen this charming clip?

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

A letter believed to be the last written on board the Titanic went on display, in March 2015, at Titanic Belfast, a visitor attraction dedicated to the tragic White Starliner.

Queen Elizabeth II.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth plants a tree

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

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala at National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England

Who Is Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi? What you need to know about Princess Beatrice's fiance

By now, you've surely heard the news that Princess Beatrice is getting married. But who is Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, her fiance?

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

Titanic and Southampton - the special relationship between the two

After departing from Belfast where she was built, Titanic left Southampton on April 10, 1912.

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 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave 10 Downing Street in London after having dinner with Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), the British Prime Minister and his wife.

Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill's unlikely friendship

So strong was the relationship between the two that the Queen wrote the former prime minister a handwritten letter when he retired and broke protocol at his funeral

Two pieces of battered fish on a plate with chips.

Where to find Britain's best fish & chips

Are you in love with Britain’s favorite comfort food? Then here's everything you need to know to make sure you're eating Britain's best fish and chips.

King\'s College at sunset, Cambridge.

Visiting Cambridge - a history lovers heaven

Cambridge - Undoubtedly one of Great Britain's best-kept secrets.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth has broken yet another record

Yet again, Queen Elizabeth breaks a record with ease. Read more to find out all about it.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the Official Welcome Ceremony for the Royal Tour at the British Columbia Legislature on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince George is doing his bit to fight coronavirus

Prince George is certainly trying his best to avoid coronavirus!

Osborne House.

The history of Queen Victoria's Osborne House

It was Queen Victora's summer home, but what else do we need to know about Osborne House?

The Bismarck.

The hunt for World War II's Bismarck

Germans abandoning their mission to attack British shipping were intercepted, and a showdown began between the British Home Fleet and Bismarck, the German navy's most powerful warship.

Full English Breakfast!

Full English - guide to a proper British fry up

Breakfast: It's Britain's answer to soul food. The art of the proper fry up is still alive today and can be found in kitchens all over the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II inspects men of the newly-renamed Queen\'s Own Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, at Kaduna Airport, Nigeria, during her Commonwealth Tour, 2nd February 1956. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth - In Africa!

Have you seen this footage of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana?

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901).

Is this the last-known footage of Queen Victoria?

Newly unearthed footage of Queen Victoria in Ireland is clearer than any other thought to be in existence.

Ten of the best British war movies

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

Antique London\'s photographs: Changing of the guard, St James Palace.

The history of St. James's - the mall and park

It's been called the epicenter of modern Royal London, so Sandra Lawrence shows us around St James's Palace and surrounding attractions.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Commonwealth Day 2020: In Photos

Have you seen these Commonwealth Day photos?

Queen Elizabeth\'s youngest son, Prince Edward.

Everything you need to know about Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's third son

Today, March 10 (1964), marks the birthday of HRM Queen Elizabeth II's third son, Prince Edward, a full-time working member of the Royal Family.

King Richard III.

Unraveling the mystery of Richard III

King Richard III lived a fascinating life and was embroiled in controversy and mystery. The greatest mystery of all being, was he really a villain?

The three suns: The battle of Mortimer\'s Cross.

The battle of the three suns - Mortimer's Cross

It's a quiet place today, this Mortimer's Cross. Few clues remain to indicate that on a bitter cold Tuesday, Feb 3, 1461, this sleepy hollow shook to the sounds of war and ferocious battle.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles as the student Aker Okoye speaks during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) held on Sunday 8th March, on March 6, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WATCH: Meghan Markle has a new admirer!

Meghan Markle delivered a rousing speech for International Women's Day. But it was a cheeky 16 year old who stole the show.

Kathleen \'Kick\' Kennedy.

Forgotten love story: JFK's Sister Kick Kennedy & the Marquess of Hartington

The tragic death of Kick Kennedy in a 1948 plane crash was covered up by her family because of the scandalous details that surrounded the young Kennedy's love life.

King\'s Cross St Pancras, London, home to the 9 3/4 platform from Harry Potter.

Famous British film locations

Lights, camera, action at places we love to recognize from the small and silver screens 

Bowl of Yorkshire pudding with green colour pottery.

Yorkshire Cuisine... and now for something completely different

Yorkshire's cuisine is renowned for a reason. Here's why.

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995) at Waterloo Station, London, UK, 31st May 1965.

WATCH: 8 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth

Did you know these facts about Queen Elizabeth?

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Salthill GAA club and participate in some hurling and gaelic football on the third day of their first official visit to Ireland on March 5, 2020 in Galway, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Your Royal Roundup: In photos

The Royal Week. Here's our favorite photos.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the State Crown and carrying the State orb in a Royal carriage after her Coronation ceremony. Original Publication: Picture Post - 6537 - The Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth - pub. 1953.

How much is St Edward's Coronation Crown worth?

How much does the coronation crown cost? Let's find out

Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) wearing an Escada coat with a hat by Philip Somerville at the naming of the patrol boat Vigilant on the Isle of Wight, December 1989

Paul Burrel reveals how badly Princess Diana was treated by her mother

The former Royal butler makes the claim that Diana's mother called her a "wh**e" in a documentary about the late Princess of Wales.

History of the Pilgrims and Puritans, their ancestry and descendants; basis of Americanization.

The Puritan migration - Albion's seed sets sail

Who were the Puritans? What do you know about them? We explore David Hackett Fischers' Albion's Seed.

Taking a cruise around the Northern Isles of Scotland

A British Heritage report from the stern of the Bridge Deck - seeing Britain from a cruiseliners luxury.

Day two of William and Kate's official visit to Ireland

The Royal couple caused quite a stir in a small Kildare town by visiting a local convenience store. 

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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 

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)

The day Buckingham Palace was bombed during WWII

Friday 13th, a day that sends shivers down everyone's spine, and is known for bringing bad luck. Even to the Royal Family.

The King James Bible - still the word after 400 years

"While you won’t find one specific birthplace with a venerable monument to such a major historic undertaking, you can certainly add its genesis to your list of reasons to visit Oxford and Cambridge."

A promo shot for the 1995 BBC mini-series based on Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice.

Q&A with Simon Langton, Director of the BBC's Pride and Prejudice

Two decades after the famous 1995 BBC series Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth, British Heritage Travel caught up with Direct Simon Langton to get the inside scoop.

1946: British politician Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) wearing Royal Air Force uniform.

Why Winston Churchill is so fondly remembered In Missouri

The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library is located in Fulton, Missouri. Do you know why? Read more to find out.

The United Kingdom of beer - land of hops and glory

Beer in all its forms remains the national drink of Britain, predating by centuries the arrival of that upstart tea.

Samuel Pepys.

Who was Samuel Pepys: London's greatest diariest

He bore witness to some of London's most notable events, but who exactly was Samuel Pepys?

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

Meeting the leaders and Guinness - Kate and William's first day in Ireland

IrishCentral takes a look at the highlights of their first day in Ireland. 

Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London.

Happy 125th Birthday! The history 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

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.

King Arthur on boat with Merlin going to retrieve the sword - Scanned 1881 Engraving

The Legend of King Arthur

Many and various tales about the legend of King Arthur have continued to arise throughout history - but what can we take as real and what can we dismiss as lore?

Iconic Britain - our favourite places

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

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ireland on Tuesday.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Ireland for three-day visit

William and Kate will meet with visit Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Galway and take part in several engagements during the first Royal visit since Brexit.

British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) (centre) with Queen Elizabeth, King George VI (1895 - 1952), Princess Elizabeth (left) and Princess Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002) waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during VE Day celebrations. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

King George at The Festival of Britain

The summer of 1951 was a special one in the UK. Why? The Festival of Britain

Tower Bridge, in London.

London - a cherished literary capital of the world

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

Sun setting on Knowlton Church, in Cranborne.

Who were the Druids? A history of Druidism in Britain

Our knowledge of Druidism is often full of misconceptions, here's everything you need to know about the history of Druidism and Druids in Britain 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets with Jon Bon Jovi and members of the Invictus Games Choir at Abbey Road Studios, where a single has been recorded for the Invictus Games Foundation on February 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool / Gettyimages)

Prince Harry has joined forces with...Bon Jovi

Have you seen this clip of Prince Harry with Bon Jovi?

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 in Westminster Abbey.

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 were auctioned in 2019.

Edward Jenner.

Edward Jenner, the founder of immunology

Given the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, it's worth remembering to look for the helpers. In doing so we remember the man who halted the spread of smallpox.

A day well spent, in Bath, England.

Top travel tips - 24 hours in Bath, England

It's one of the United Kingdom's most visited cities but what exactly can be achieved by spending 24 hours in Bath?

Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Dame Judi Dench star in Blythe Spirit.

Downton Abbey star in new Noel Coward Blythe Spirit movie

The classic comedy Noël Coward play about love that just won’t die is soon to be released to the silver screens in a movie starring Dan Stevens, Dame Judi Dench, and Isla Fisher.

Wells Cathedral, West front exterior.

England’s most medieval city has a small town feel

Compact and picturesque Wells makes a great visit.

Chatham on River Medway.

The River Medway: The river of Kent or Kentish river?

There are many rivers in the world that serve as borders. Surprisingly the Medway, in the middle of Kent, is one of them. Man of Kent or Kentish Man — which are you?

Country manors in Britain that are well worth a visit

Family-friendly homes of gentry and merchant to visit on your next vacation in Britain.

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?

Lindum Colonia - ecclesiastical powerhouse and Norman fortress

From the Iron Age to the Romans and into the Middle Ages - treasures left in Lincolnshire through the centuries.

Messing around on boats on Lake Windermere.

Rambling in The Lake District

The Lake District is one of Britain's most picturesque regions. Join us as we take a trip 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...

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh tours the Brompton bicycle factory on November 28, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by WPA Pool - Toby Melville /Getty Images)

Did you know Prince Philip was such a comedian?

Prince Philip is known as a joker. Have a look at this compilation showing some of his best

How Kate Middleton 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?

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, photographed at the 2020 BAFTAs.

Prince William and Kate reveal details of planned March visit to Ireland

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare, and Galway during their March 2020 visit. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (TERMS OF RELEASE - News editorial use only - it being acknowledged that news editorial use includes newspapers, newspaper supplements, editorial websites, books, broadcast news media and magazines, but not (by way of example) calendars or posters.)

It's ski season! Our favorite photos of the Royals on the slopes

The Royals love to ski. Here's our favorite photos of them on the slopes.

St George\'s Chapel in Windsor Castle, England, circa 1955. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at church?

St. George's Chapel is one of the most iconic of its kind, and regularly plays host to members of the Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth II reacts as she attends the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament on October 14, 2019 in London, England. The Queen\'s speech is expected to announce plans to end the free movement of EU citizens to the UK after Brexit, new laws on crime, health and the environment. (Photo by Paul Ellis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Does Queen Elizabeth Watch The Crown?

Does Queen Elizabeth watch The Crown? Lets find out!

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

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 Princess 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 

Ponden Hall

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 

Touring the peaks in the footsteps of Jane Austen's Lizzie Bennet

Jane Austen knew the Peak District and the journey of Ms. Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice illustrates that brilliantly.

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 

Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was "the greatest of England's engineers", a "man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution, bold in his plans but right."

General William Howe

General William Howe And The War Of Independence

General William Howe was Commander in Chief of the British Army during a crucial period of the War of Independence. How much do you know about the British leader?

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan have released an angry statement

Have you seen Harry and Meghan's angry statement?

Britain\'s Queen Elizabeth II poses in the State Dining Room of Buckingham Palace after recording her Christmas Day television broadcast.

Is this Queen Elizabeth's favourite TV show?

Is this Queen Elizabeth's favorite TV show? Certainly at Christmas time!

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.

Engraving From 1876 Of King Henry VIII

Five things you never know 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?

What was life like in Britain in 1607?

What was life really like for people in Britain during the 1600s, those British who emigrated to America?

Jane Austen (1775-1817) on engraving from 1873. English novelist. Engraved by unknown artist and published in \'\'Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women with Biographies\'\',USA,1873.

The life and times of "Emma" author Jane Austen

Jane Austen may have written her books over 250 years ago, but their themes remain as relevant today as ever before. But what do we know about her? What do we know about the life and times of Jane Austen? 

Queen Elizabeth II opens the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital on February 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Heathcliff O\'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Royal Week: Our favorite photos

The Royals were busy at work this week. Here's our favorite snaps.

Cornwall

Is Cornwall the most beautiful place in Britain?

Cornwall is known for it's stunning scenery and beaches. Is it the most beautiful place in Britain?

Merchandise featuring Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen on sale on January 14, 2020 in London, England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they are to step back from their senior Royal roles and are planning on splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan have set the date

Harry and Meghan have set the date for their exit from the Royal Family.

Sherborne, in Dorset.

A day well spent... Sherborne

Fancy a day perusing grand sights of quaint scenes? Visit Sherborne in Dorset and you can do both.

King Edward VII, (1841 - 1910), who ascended the British throne in 1901, as Prince of Wales, reading at Sandringham, Norfolk

The secrets of King Edward VII

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

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.

What Is Queen Elizabeth's favourite dessert?

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

Queen Elizabeth II.

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.

Queen Elizabeth II 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 

Circa 1307, Edward II of England (1284-1327).

King Edward II and Piers Gaveston, the real story of the King and his husband

The relationship between King Edward II and Piers Gaveston is one of the most infamous menages a trois in British royal history.

English heartland.

Exploring the heart of England - from the Cotswold Hills to Worcestershire

The countryside of our imagination, though, extends vaguely north of Bath, through the Cotswold Hills, and encompassing Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.

Stonehenge, Salisbury.

Hidden landscapes of Stonehenge

Exciting new discoveries cast fresh light on the world’s most famous henge.

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.

It’s a hard-knock life in Victorian workhouses

Victorian workhouses were a common institution throughout Britain's history. How much do you know about the controversial buildings?

Ten of the best Royal residences in Britain

For those who love the mystery and the magic of the Royal Family, let's take a walk in their shoes.

Agatha Christie.

Greenway House: at home with Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple both visited this town on River Dart, in Devon, where the world's best-selling author, Agatha Christie, called home.

Princess Elizabeth watching her son Prince Charles playing in his toy car while at Balmoral. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Balmoral?

Have you seen this clip of the Royals at Balmoral?

St. Albans Cathedral.

Escape London for a day of adventure in St. Albans

St. Albans is a city in Hertfordshire known for its beautiful architecture and history. Located within London's commuter belt, the city is ideal for those looking to escape the capital for a day of adventure.

Julie Andrews (13) performs for George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in 1948.

When Julie Andrews sang to King George VI in 1948

In Nov 1948 Julie Andrews became the youngest solo artist to perform at a Royal Command Variety Performance, British Pathe captured the moment.

Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England.

Lady Louise Windsor - meet Queen Elizabeth'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. Here's everything you need to know about Lady Louise.

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

Reasons to visit Britain, especially if you're American

Have you always wanted to visit Britain? Here are four reasons to get planning.

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall in Outlander.

Keeping it real with Outlander's historical advisor

Dr. Tony Pollard, historical advisor to the smash-hit period drama Outlander on Starz tells British Heritage Travel how his role works and how he keeps this TV show on the heritage straight and narrow.

Edward VIII

Edward VIII's racist past unveiled in The Crown an Us documentary

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

Edinburgh Skyline, Balmoral Clocktower, Scotland.

Visiting Scotland - ten places you have to see

For a different side of Britain, head up north, to the wonderful Scotland.

Circa 1540, A portrait of King Henry VIII (1491 - 1547), an engraving by T A Dean from a painting by Holbein.

Six old wives tales of Henry VIII

The faiths of Henry VIII's wives are well known, but did you know that each is associated with at least two castles?

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne attend a function at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, during a State Visit to Austria, 7th May 1969

Why do only some Royals wear tiaras

Have you ever wondered why only some royals wear tiaras and others never have? We know!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talks with guests during a Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund reception at St James\'s Palace to mark the 150th anniversary of the Fund on February 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA pol/Getty Images)

WATCH: Prince William talks mental health...and plays Jenga!

Prince William talks mental health and plays some Jenga in these lovely videos.

Castle Howard, in Northern Yorkshire.

From castle to minster - soaking up the history of York

Jim Corbett visits York and discovers more than enough to entertain between Castle Howard and York Minster.

Ruined Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire.

The dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century

From the Black Death to Henry VII and Cromwell's eventual suppression of monastic life and prise in Britain.

Young lovers walking in Gretna Green, c. 1956.

Love on the run - the history Gretna Green

Forbes Inglis takes a look at Gretna Green, the little Scottish village of love.

Giant\'s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

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

Zara Tindall attends the 2019 Magic Millions official draw at Surfers Paradise Foreshore on January 08, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia

Five surprising Royal hobbies

We follow their every move, but what do the Royals do when they're off duty? Here's a look at some of the more surprising royal hobbies

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan have made some more changes

Harry and Meghan have made some changes to their office in Buckingham Palace

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

Wallis Simpson and the royal title that can't be used again

... And all because Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the woman he loved.

Queen Elizabeth II.

The one thing The Queen and her heirs always travel with

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

Welsh miners.

When coal was king in the Welsh valleys of the Rhondda

The Welsh valleys have a long and storied history within the mining industry. Read more to find out about it.

Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle

Did you know these 7 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?

The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at All Saints Church, Daresbury, is better known as the Alice Window.

The real story and places behind Alice in Wonderland

The true history of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the life of Alice Liddell, and what remains in real life of these fantastical tales.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the case of George Edalji

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a firm believer in the pursuit of justice. How much do you know about this case?

Kate Middleton

The myth of middle-class Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is often touted as being middle class. Is this really true?

Ironbridge Gorge, at Telford.

Industrial heritage sites - the engine houses of the modern world

Some of the greatest historic sites in Britain that illustrate how the world changed during the Industrial Revolution.

The Irish Crown Jewels.The Irish Crown Jewels. PUBLIC DOMAIN/WIKIPEDIA

The history of the Irish Crown Jewels

Did you know that Ireland was presented with crown jewels by both Henry II and Henry VIII?

Great Fire of London.

The Great Fire of London over 350 years later

Over 350 years later, London’s landscape still shows evidence of the Great Fire of 1666.

A portrait of Lady Jane Grey.

Birthplace of Jane Grey England's Nine-Day Queen discovered

With new discoveries just unearthed at an archaeological dig at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, the supposed birthplace of Lady Jane Grey, it is very timely to follow in the footsteps of this tragic young Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard in November 27, 2015 near Valletta, Malta. Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrived today to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit. (Photo by Toby Melville -Pool/Getty Images)

What does Queen Elizabeth eat everyday?

Is Queen Elizabeth's diet the secret to her good health?

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attends day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

More bad news for the Royal Family

Things just go from bad to worse for Queen Elizabeth.

Princess Margaret travelling to her wedding in the Royal Coach

The story behind Princess Margaret's wedding tiara

Did you know that Princess Margaret bought her own tiara rather than borrow one from the royal jewels?

Watling Street

From Celts to Roman and modern day - taking a ride on Watling Street

Watling Street is a historical route dating back to Celtic and Roman times. Join our writer as he takes a trip along the road.

Author of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.

In search of Charles Darwin

The incredible and works of Charles Darwin born on this day, Feb 12, in 1809.

Prince William and Kate Middleton photographed celebrating St. Patrick\'s Day, in London, with the Irish Guard.

Prince William and Kate Middleton confirm March visit to Ireland

Kensington Palace have confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Ireland for two days in March. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 2: A wide eyed young infant looks directly at the viewer in curiosity set against the backdrop of the British flag, the Union Jack. on February 02, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Here are the most popular baby names in the UK for 2020!

Did you know that these baby names were so popular?

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

Five things you have to do in London

Are you visiting London soon? Here are five of our favorite things to do and see in England's capital.

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

Everything you need to know about Margaret Thatcher

On Feb 11, 1975, Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for the leadership of the British Conservative Party.

The Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Britain's last romantic poet Dylan Thomas

The upbringing, genius and eventual demise - everything you need to know about the Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

The Venerable Bede.

The Venerable Bede - England's first great historian

About 1,300 years ago, the Venerable Bede was early medieval Europe's greatest scholar and the first to record the history of the English nation.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.

Five of the lesser-known British Royals

How much do you know about these lesser known royals?

Elizabeth Woodville

Did Henry VIII's grandmother Elizabeth Woodville die of plague

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

A traditional English cream tea scone with jam and cream.

A truly British delight, a special scone recipe

The scone undoubtedly, the perfect British treat. Clotted cream, jam, butter? However, you take yours this recipe is dreamy.

Princess Beatrice smiles during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, on May 30, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The date is set for the next Royal wedding!

The next Royal wedding date is set. Read more to find out about it.

King George VI (1895-1952) with his daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on July 08, 1946. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

Remembering King George VI

King George VI died on this day in 1952. Let's take a moment to remember him.

 Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets actress Imelda Staunton at the Old Vic Theatre during a visit to mark the theatre\'s 200th anniversary on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Some news about The Crown has emerged!

Have you heard this news about The Crown?

Ready to jump in to spring? British Heritage Travel\'s March / April 2020 is full of inspiration and history.

Step into spring with British Heritage Travel’s latest edition

From the wonderland of the Forest of Dean to the Cornish coast and horrible histories of Britain, our March / April magazine is just out and jam-packed full of British history and travel inspiration.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to New Zealand, March 1970.

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?

Irish author Oscar Wilde.

The “Queensberry Curse" and how it impacted Oscar Wilde

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

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.

Kate is 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?

King Charles II

The reign of Charles II and the Restoration

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

British landscapes from your favorite books to explore on vacation

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

Francis Walsingham (1532-1590) on engraving from 1829.

What you need to know about Francis Walsingham, Elizabethan spymaster

Meet the man who ordered the execution of Mary Queen of Scots while working as a spymaster for Queen Elizabeth I - Francis Walsingham

William Penn

William Penn and the Quaker migration to Pennsylvania

William Penn founded the Province of Pennsylvania. Read more to discover the history behind the man.

Josiah Wedgwood the man behind the famous Wedgwood pottery.

Potteries of Staffordshire and Josiah Wedgwood

Staffordshire was the home of the pottery industry. Read more as we travel through it's fascinating history.

The Fens: Brograve mill at sunset in Norfolk.

Britain's sinking land - exploring the Fens

They're one of Britain's most unique landscapes and provide plenty of challenges for local, what it's really like to explore The Fens

The statue of Alfred stands guard over the High Street of Winchester, ancient capital of Wessex. Law-giver and scholar, battle-lord and diplomat, the Saxon king united England and earned the sobriquet “Great.”

A British hero Alfred the Great King of Wessex

Many monarchs in the long history of Great Britain have been mediocre and worse. Some few have been quite good indeed. However, only Alfred, the 9th-century king of the West Saxons, has been honored by history with the sobriquet “Great.”

Engraving from 1885 featuring Mary Queen of Scots who was the Queen of Scotland. She lived from 1542 until 1587.

The gilded cages of Mary Queen of Scots

Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots by visiting the houses, castles, and areas she stayed in while imprisoned by her cousin Elizabeth I. 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Everything you need to know about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has never sought out the limelight, so how much do you really know about Camilla?

Buckingham Palace, London.

The Queen is hiring at Buckingham Palace, you in?

How much do you know about the interiors of this, one of London's most popular tourist attractions? 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 2, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Have you seen Prince William's speech at the BAFTAS?

Prince William delivered a rousing speech at the BAFTAS this year.

Author and playwright Oscar Wilde.

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

 Charles Dickens, English novelist and one of the most popular writers in the history of literature.

Britain's oldest pubs with the best ghostly regulars

Britain's oldest pubs have many a story to tell.

a stream train arriving at the platform of a traditional station in North Yorkshire

Riding the great British rails

Riding the great British rails guarantees the adventure of a lifetime!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Our favorite British couples for St. Valentine's Day

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

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.

Queen Elizabeth II's advice to William and Harry on royal duties

Given the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now opted out of their royal duties the advice the Queen once handed down to her grandsons, Prince William and Harry, seem even more poignant.

A coach stopped outside an inn.

Travel through time at England's coaching inns

Ever wondered how travelers would get rest while crossing countries on horseback? In this article we look at coaching inns, which provided a place to rest for travelers and horses alike

May 1910: Nine Kings assembled at Buckingham Palace for the funeral of Edward VII, the Father of George V (centre). From left to right, back row: Haakon VII of Norway, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Manuel II of Portugal, Wilhelm II of Germany, George I of Greece and Albert I Of Belgium. Front row: Alphonso XIII of Spain, George V and Frederick VIII of Denmark. (Photo by W. & D. Downey/Getty Images)

Can you name these 8 monarchies that no longer exist?

Did you know about these monarchies?

Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill.

The ultimate United Kingdom Lonley Planet Travelist

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

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

JFK and Jackie insulted Queen Elizabeth at royal dinner

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

Circa 50 BC, Julius Caesar (102 BC - 44 BC) as dictator of Rome wearing a crown of laurel and holding a symbol of office

Julius Caesar in Britain

Despite two attempts to overtake Britain, Caesar ultimately returned home emptyhanded. Here's a look at the history of Julius Caesar in Britain

Men and women in Africa captured into slavery.

A timeline of the abolition of the British slave trade

William Wilberforce, "The Saints" and the political events in Britain which led up to the abolition of slavery in 1833 across the British Empire.

Edd Kimber's nanna's gingerbread recipe

The Great British Bake Off’s first winner shares a northern treat her nanna's very own gingerbread recipe.

Glastonbury Abbey.

The Holy Grail, Gothic cathedrals and a town called Cheddar

A five-day drive from London to Wells will take you on a picturesque road trip with a wonderful destination.

 John Brown (1827 - 1883), servant and confidant of Queen Victoria.

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

The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, in London.

Ten free things to do in London

If you're in the capital for a visit this is the essential guide of free things to do in London.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception at Her Majesty\'s Ambassador\'s Residence on January 23, 2020 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Prince of Wales is on a two day trip to the Middle East, meeting with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Our favorite photos as Prince Charles visits Israel

Have you seen this photos from the trip?

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)

Does the Queen use secret signals to communicate with her staff?

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

Union Jack, the United Kingdom flag flying next to Westminster and Big Ben.

Top tips to know before you visit Britain

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

This 1849 vintage print features the portrait of William Shakespeare.

Was William Shakespeare a fraud?

For years people have suggested Shakespeare wasn't the true playwright we think him to be. If he didn't write his legendary plays, who did?

A promo shot for the latests reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock from the BBC.

Follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes in London

A look at Sherlock Holmes London and the life of his creator Arthur Conan Doyle.

Unknown actress looking back at a man following her in a scene from the film \'Jack The Ripper\', 1959. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

Who was Jack the Ripper?

Jack the Ripper is one of Britain's most notorious and mysterious figures. Who was he?

Queen Elizabeth II shown around \'Back to Nature\' by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

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

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

Best for tombstone tourists: Highgate Cemetery, London.

Hauntingly beautiful British cemeteries

The countless cemeteries and graveyards across Britain can tell us a great deal about its people and their history.

The Royal Family

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Braemar?

These clips will bring a smile to your face.

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 inventor of television, John Logie Baird.

John Logie Baird - the forgotten pioneer of television

On Jan 26, 1926, the Scottish inventor John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated colour television system, changing the world forever.

Eastbourne Pier, in East Sussex.

Ten easily accessible tourist attractions in Britain

Due to visit Britain this year, don’t let walking restrictions stand in your way! Here are 10 of the best tourist sites suitable for those with mobility issues.

Prince Charles

Did Prince Charles Snub Mike Pence?

Does this look like a snub to you?

Former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

Remembering Winston Churchill on the anniversary of his funeral

Winston Churchill - an icon to many, and certainly the United Kingdom's most revered Prime Minister - died on Jan 24, 1965.

Engraving From 1882 Of The Battle Of Hastings Between The French And English Armies Of 1066.

Weapons the Normans used in The Battle of Hastings

You know that The Battle of Hastings was a bloody fight between the Normans and the Saxons, but do you exactly how the Normans were armed?

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Everything you need to know about Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was an inspirational and enigmatic leader.

The Great North Road.

Adventures on the Great North Road

The Great North Road was the only way of traveling the 409 miles from London to Edinburgh, or Edinburgh to London, for centuries before the A1 and the motorways of today.

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

What you Need To Know About Robert Burns for Burn's Night

Jan 25 is Burn's Night a celebration of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns.

Traditional pot-roasted chicken.

Tom Kitchin's traditional pot-roasted chicken recipe

Tom Kitchin, head chef, and proprietor of Kitchin and The Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh's talk food, fall and reveals his traditional pot-roasted chicken recipe.

Harry and Meghan

POLL: What's your opinion on Megxit?

Take our poll and have your say on Megxit

Queen Mary Tudor.

Was Mary Tudor really England's most hated Queen?

Who was Mary Tudor and why was she the world's most unhappy Queen?

A close up detail of Prince William and Kate Middleton\'s wedding cake, from 2011.

The history of Royal wedding cakes

Fruited confections fit for a Queen! We take a look at the history of Royal wedding cakes - from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince William and down to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Mince and tatties! A sure fire Scottish favorite.

Hearty traditional favourite - mince and tatties recipe

Back in fashion nowadays but with its history dating back hundreds of years, this Scottish homely meal is still a favorite.

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.

On this day: Queen Victoria passed away

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

The Iron Lady, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

How many of these famous British women through history do you know?

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

Iffley Lock on the River Thames. Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Get outta town - the River Thames and the Chilterns

The River Thames is so much more than just a London waterway. Lets get on the road!

The delicious Cornish pasty.

The Cornish pasty - a pastry delight celebrated

Pride in the Cornish pasty runs deep throughout Cornwall, so much so that in 2018 they launched the Cornish Pasty Week.

George Orwell

George Orwell and 1984

Have a look at this incredible footage from George Orwell's 1984 premiere.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day, Nov 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth II bought her wedding dress with WWII ration coupons

Two years after the end of the Second World War Elizabeth purchased her wedding dress using ration coupons.

Archie\'s Christening

The 7 strangest rules the Royal Family must follow

Did you know the Royal Family had to follow these rules?

Worcester Cathedral, on the banks of the river Severn

The best cathedrals in England

Each of these provincial ecclesiastical fortresses merits a place on our list of the ten best cathedrals in England

Prince Harry

Prince Harry speaks out about Mexit

Prince Harry has spoken out about his and Meghan Markle's decision.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 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.

Surprising nicknames The Royals use with each other

The Royals are just like any other family, which means they all have nicknames for each other, yes, even Queen Elizabeth!

Fosse Way: Stow on the wold in the English Cotswolds

Follow the Roman road, explore the Fosse Way

Follow the Roman Road from Exeter to Lincoln and walk through years of history - ramble the Fosse Way.

Queen Elizabeth II delivering her Christmas speech, in 2019.

Why Queen Elizabeth II is in the Guinness Book of World Records

Queen Elizabeth II is a Guinness Book of Records seven times over but what kind of records does the Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith hold?

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Windsor?

Have you seen this footage of the Royal family at Windsor?

Captain Robert Scott, \"Scott of the Antarctic\".

Everything you need to know about Robert Falcon Scott

On January 17, 1912, Captain Robert Scott, "Scott of the Antarctic's" expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen. Discover facts about the life and death of polar explorer 'Scott of the Antarctic'.

Cornwall

Vacation in Britain and see it like a local

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

Vintage engraving showing a detail of the Bayeux Tapestry, the Battle of Hastings and the Death of King Harold

The effect the Battle of Hastings had on British history

In one battle, William the Conqueror led the Normans in sweeping away Anglo-Saxon rule.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots

Did Mary Queen of Scots kill her husband Lord Darnley?

Was Mary Queen of Scots involved in the murder of her husband Lord Darnley?

The Skiving Scholar, the Drunken Duck and the Queen’s Head

How did British pubs get their names?

The British local pub is an undeniable institution but what's with their eccentric names? We examine where the eclectic collection of British pub's names came from.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish announced for the Bond theme song - Here are five of our favorites

The new James Bond film, No Time to Die is set to be another resounding success at the box office but what about the theme songs?

The legacy of Queen Victoria and her 60-year reign

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for over 60 years, but just what effect did her reign have on her subjects?

Sunrise over winding mountain road in Yorkshire dales, England.

Yorkshire's dales and moors - where the journey itself is the destination

Yorkshire's Dales and Moors present any curious traveler with a myriad of things to see and do.

Gibson Mill, a 19th-century former cotton mill, in secluded woodland at Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

A history of the British cotton industry

Britain once produced half the world's cotton cloth without growing a single scrap of, so just how did British textiles come to clothe the world?

Prat, git and dodgy pillock! Insult your friends in a manner that would make David Jason\'s character in Only Fools and Horses, Del Boy,  proud.

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"?

A history of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine was a major figure in the middle ages and a prominent figure in women's history. So what do we need to know about this remarkable woman?

Mermaid Street in the Cinque Port town of Rye in East Sussex, UK

Are these the prettiest streets in Britain?

Are these the prettiest streets in Britain, get the cameras ready because we think so 

Sir Edmund Halley.

Remembering Sir Edmund Halley, a British scientific giant

On this day, Jan 14, 1741, the English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist Sir Edmund Halley, best-known for his discoveries surrounding Halley's Comet passed away.

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Madame Tussauds Have Sent A Message To Harry and Meghan

Madame Tussauds wax figures of Harry and Meghan have been moved.

Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to 'Step Back' From The Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to step back from the Royal Family. Here's what we know.

Queen Elizabeth

The Heartbreaking Reason Queen Elizabeth Keeps Her Christmas Tree Up Until February

Do you know why Queen Elizabeth's Christmas tree will stay up until February?

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, UK, 8th July 1946. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

WATCH: The Royal Family's Photo Call!

Have you seen this wonderful footage of the Royal Family's photo call in 1947?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King\'s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Sussex's Christmas Card is Revealed

Have you seen the Sussex's Christmas card?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England. (Photo by Donald McKague/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Queen's Christmas Speech, 1957

Have a look at the Queen's speech from 1957!

 Britain\'s Prince Harry gives a speech on stage before announcing the winners of the Health and Wellbeing category at the inaugural OnSide Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WATCH: Prince Harry Dressed As Santa!

Have you seen this footage of Prince Harry dressed as Santa?

The Royals Are Getting In The Christmas Spirit!

The Royal Christmas spirit is clear in this photo!

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002), visits the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19th May 1965. (Photo by Les Lee/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Have You Seen This Footage of Princess Margaret Dancing at Christmas Time?

Have you seen this clip of Princess Margaret dancing?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Mary Berry (R) and children attend the \"Back to Nature\" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

WATCH: The Royals Make A Roulade With Mary Berry!

Have you seen this clip of the Royals with Mary Berry?

 Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019 in London, England.(Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Our Favorite Photos As Queen Elizabeth Dazzles At The Royal Recepion

Have you seen these photos from the recent Royal reception?

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader (L) and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister and Conservative Leader.

Election Day: Who Do You Want To Win?

Take our election day poll and let us know who you think will win.

An array of Christmas lights brightening department stores Bon Marche and Quin and Axtens on Brixton Road, London. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Christmas in London...In 1955!

Have a look at this wonderful footage of Christmas in London in 1955.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King\'s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

4 Royal Traditions Harry and Meghan Are Set To Break This Christmas

Did you know Harry and Meghan were breaking Royal tradition this Christmas? Here's how.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, travel on a steam train to inaugurate the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway, on the day the Queen becomes Britain\'s longest reigning monarch, on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, England. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Love The Royals? Love to Travel? This Is For You!

Buckingham Palace is hiring. Are you the perfect candidate?

Queen Elizabeth II, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson join other Nato leaders for a group photograph at a reception for NATO leaders hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 3, 2019 in London, England. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II hosted the reception at Buckingham Palace for NATO Leaders to mark 70 years of the NATO Alliance. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Our Favorite Photos As Queen Elizabeth Hosts NATO

Have a look at our favorite photos as Queen Elizabeth hosts NATO

Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

WATCH: The Royal Decade In Technicolor

Have you seen this footage of the Royal decade following Queen Elizabeth's coronation?

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 60th birthday, photo taken on November 13, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand-Pool/Getty Images)

Is Prince Charles Planning On Slimming Down The Royal Family?

Reports have emerged that claim Prince Charles is planning on scaling back the Royal Family. What do you think?

Prince Andrew, Duke of York points his finger as he speaks to business leaders during a reception at the sideline of the World Economic Forum on January 22, 2015 in Davos Switzerland. Prince Andrew has publicly denied allegations he had sex with an underage teenager. He made the denial during a visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. It was his first public appearance since the charges. (Photo by Michel Euler-WPA Pool/Getty Imaes)

Prince Andrew Has Stepped Down From Royal Duties

Have a look at Prince Andrew's statement.

The Crown season three

Watch: Olivia Colman & Helena Bonham Carter Talk About The Crown

Watch the stars of The Crown season three talk about being on set, becoming royalty and visiting a medium 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales receives a Hongi, traditional Maori greeting, as he attends the Ceremony of Welcome, Government House on November 19, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on an 8-day tour of New Zealand. It is their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Our Favorite Photos From Charles and Camilla's Trip To New Zealand

Charles and Camilla's trip to New Zealand looks like the most fun. Here's our favorite photos so far!

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Josh O\'Connor as Prince Charles

Is Prince Charles Waiting For The Queen To Die For His Life To Have Meaning?

Star of The Crown Josh O’Connor has revealed that he believes Prince Charles is ‘waiting for his mother to die'

Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends the opening of the Francis Crick Institute on November 9, 2016 in London, England. The Francis Crick Institute will be a world leading centre of biomedical research. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew's Interview; What Do You Think?

Prince Andrew's interview was a PR disaster. What do you make of it?

Zara Phillips in action at the Magic Millions Polo Event on January 8, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia

Zara Tindall Has Just Made Royal History

Zara Tindall has just made royal history by accepting a new position and title within the equestrian world 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (1892 - 1975) upon their arrival in Addis Ababa, during a State Visit to Ethiopia, February 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Have You Seen This Footage Of Queen Elizabeth In Ethiopia?

Have you seen this footage of Queen Elizabeth in Ethiopia?

Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

POLL: Meghan and Harry Won't Be Spending Christmas With The Royal Family - What Do You Think?

Harry and Meghan's Christmas will not be spent with the Royal Family. What do you make of this?

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season three

WATCH: The Crown Season Three Cast Interviews

Ahead of the release of The Crown season three this month, Netflix have released a short video featuring interviews with the cast 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend a service for the Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul\'s Cathedral, London, 24th July 1968. The Queen is wearing the Star of the Order, which bears the motto \'Auspicium Melioris Aevi\'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

WATCH: Season 3 Of The Crown - The Real Events

Ever wondered what The Crown's real events looked like? Now you can find out

Allen Leech as Tom Branson in Downton Abbey

Allen Leech Quizzes Josh Groban About Downton Abbey

Who knows more about Downton Abbey? Downton star Allen Leech or superfan Josh Groban. Watch this hilarious video to find out

Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Our Favorite Photos From Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Service

The Royals were out for Remembrance Sunday. Here's our favorite photos from the day.

Queen Elizabeth with, on the left, her daughter Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and on the right Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002), in the garden at Windsor Castle during WW II. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

WATCH: A Young Queen Elizabeth Plays At Home

Have you seen this amazing footage?

9th November 1984: The Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) at a Remembrance Sunday memorial service

The Queen Mother's Favourite Tipple Comes Up For Auction

Channel your inner royal by bidding on The Queen Mother's unused cases of Graham's Port 1977

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Have You Seen This Footage of The Royal Family In Scotland?

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family in Scotland?

This Downton Abbey Star Won't Return For The Sequel

While a sequel to the Downton Abbey movie has more or less been confirmed, one cast member has already revealed she doesn't want to return

Adam James as John Bellasis, with Alice Eve as Susan Trenchard

First Look At Belgravia: New Drama From Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes

Belgravia, based on the 2016 book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is set to premiere on ITV later this year

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a township with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

WATCH: Meghan Admits She's Struggling With The Pressure of Royal Life

Meghan Markle has shed some light on her recent struggles in a new interview.

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex reacts next to television presenter Gaby Roslin as he delivers a speech during the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WATCH: Prince Harry Gets Emotional While Discussing Fatherhood

Prince Harry had an emotional moment on stage at the WellChild Awards . Have a look here

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people, to learn more about their culture and unique heritage, on October 16, 2019 in Chitral, Pakistan. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit of Pakistan between 14-18th October at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/Getty Images)

The Cambridges Are In Pakistan! Here's Our Favorite Photos So Far

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have touched down in Pakistan. Here's our favorite photos of the trip so far

Circa 1565, The Queen of England, Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603), by Marc Gerrarts

Lost Dress of Elizabeth I To Go On Display

A new exhibition opening this weekend at Hampton Court Palace is set to show cloth that's believed to have made a dress worn by Elizabeth I herself

Ed Sheeran/Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran Have Joined Forces!

Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran have joined forces to make a very special video

Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia, 7th April 1983. Diana is wearing a pink suit by Donald Campbell. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

New Images Of Emma Corrin As Princess Diana In The Crown

New photos have emerged of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Have a look!

Professional photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, watches critically as his fiancee Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) takes a snap at the Badminton Horse Trials

Helena Bonham Carter Spoke To Princess Margaret With Psychic For The Crown

And has revealed that the princess is happy to be played by the legendary actress 

Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge are seen in the stands during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on October 05, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

WATCH: Prince George Has A Day At The Football!

Prince William is a die hard Aston Villa fan, and it looks like Prince George will follow in his footsteps.

Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex pose for photographs ahead their 20th wedding anniversary on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England

Did You Know That Prince Edward Got Cold Feet Before Getting Married?

A royal biographer has revealed that long before Sophie and Edward made it down the aisle, Edward got cold feet about the relationship

The Crawley women of Downton Abbey

Will There Be Another Downton Abbey Movie?

There will be if Hugh Bonneville has anything to do with it 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex looks on as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks during a visit a township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Prince Harry Is Suing The Tabloid Press: Have Your Say

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are suing the Mail on Sunday. What do you make of it?

Princess Beatrice of York attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City

Will Princess Beatrice's Title Change After Her Wedding?

Princess Beatrice announced her engagement last week, but will her title change once she's married to Edoardo Mappeli Mozzi? 

Princess Beatrice Announces Her Engagement To Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice is getting married! Here's everything you need to know!

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

The Sussex's in South Africa! Our Favorite Photos As Archie Makes An Appearance

Meghan and Harry's trip to South Africa is in full swing - Here's some more of our favorite photos from the trip

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh at the state opening of British Parliament. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

WATCH: Have You Seen This Incredible Footage of The Queen Addressing Westminster?

Have a look at this amazing footage of Queen Elizabeth addressing Westminster in 1966

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses with surf mentors as they visit Waves for Change, an NGO, at Monwabisi Beach on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Waves for Change supports local surf mentors to provide mental health services to vulnerable young people living in under resourced communities. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

The Sussex's in South Africa! The Best Photos From Day 1

Harry and Meghan have kicked off their Royal tour to South Africa. Here's our favorite photos from day 1!

Queen Elizabeth II during the 2019 Braemar Highland Games at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 07, 2019 in Braemar, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

New Book By The Queen's Dresser Given The Sovereign's Blessing

And it's set to reveal never before seen images and stories about Queen Elizabeth II

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Toby Menzies as Prince Philip

First Look: The Crown Season Three Trailer

Season three of The Crown will be released next month, and today Netflix gave us our first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

 In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Prince Harry Is Starting A TV Series...With Oprah?

Prince Harry and Oprah will be launching a TV series...Here's the details

Highclere Castle

Ever Dreamed of Staying in Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle? Now You Can!

Are you a die-hard fan of Downton Abbey? Now, thanks to Lady Carnavon, you will have the chance to spend the night in Highclere Castle!

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

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

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 

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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." 

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

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.

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

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.

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 and her fiancee, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Who is Princess Beatrice?

She's a blood princess who's 9th in line to the throne and recently announced her engagement, 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?

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

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 is Getting Married! Here's Why She Didn't Need To Ask For The Queen's Permission

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

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, Ballateer, United Kingdom.

Inside Balmoral Castle - Queen Elizabeth II'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!

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.

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!

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

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?

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 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

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

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?

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'

\'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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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 

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 

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?

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?

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 

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?

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.

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

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

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.

Not only is Christian Bale Batman but he\'s also from the UK! Did you know ?

Stars you thought were from the US... but are actually British

Think you know everything there is to know about your favourite stars? Think again.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

Five Victorian buildings in London you need to visit

Here are five of London's most beautiful buildings built during 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! Here's How To Make The Perfect Cuppa

Time for tea! Here's how to get the most out of your cuppa

Abandoned Windmill on norfolk broads at sunset

On the Road: Discovering East Anglia

East Anglia has something for everyone. History, culture, and excitement are all guaranteed.

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

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.

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.

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.

Castell Coch (Red Castle) near Cardiff, South Wales. Built in the 1870s

King Coal's Castles

King Coal's Castles are certainly impressive!

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.'

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.

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.

Join Pilgrims on the Mayflower Trail

[caption id="attachment_13691553" align="aligncenter" width="449"] In the Great Hall of Gainsborough Old Hall, the small congregation met that finally made its way to New England.[/caption]

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.