Royal History

Explore Britain's royal history and heritage with exhibitions, event listings, features, news and web resources collected from museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Henry VIII's gardening manual "shines new light" on King and lost royal garden

Curators at Buckingham Palace believe the King's garden at Whitehall Palace, which was later destroyed by fire, could have been created with the instructions of the world's first gardening manual.

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Luxurious hat given to Henry VIII's Wardrobe Clerk to go on display at Hampton Court Palace

Curators say a hat made of silver and silk, acquired by Hampton Court Palace, could have been thrown into the air by Henry VIII following the surrender of Boulogne in 1544.

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Richard III: The tree ring-dated portrait which could show the King's scoliosis as a "costume"

Indications that Richard III had a disability could have been used against him to create the persona of a monster, explains the keeper of the painting which helped identify him.

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Fears of demonic spirits following 1605 Gunpowder Plot revealed by witchmarks in Kent

Marks placed on the beams of a room prepared for King James I nod to the state propaganda which pinned the blame for the Gunpowder Plot on Catholics, say experts.

a composite picture showing two images of Elizabeth side by side; the left showing an x-ray of the original

National Portrait Gallery researchers reveal 'airbrushed' Elizabeth I in X-ray of portrait

The NPG's new Tudor portraits exhibition reveals how X-rays of a portrait of Elizabeth I show how the Queen's portrait was overpainted and prettified in the eighteenth century.

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Artist's Statement: Jessica Collett on feminism, fluff and Tudor Queens

The young playwright Jessica Collett discusses the "immeasurable" Tudor impact as she prepares to open her play, Mother, Crone, Maiden, at Liverpool's Bluecoat gallery.

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Experts see Richard III's battle injuries as infirmary remains help create new skeleton

Experts from Loughborough University say Richard III's "significant injuries" from the Battle of Bosworth were "quite clear to see" during a project based on the king's remains.

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Richard III to be buried in Leicester, High Court rules

The University of Leicester has been granted permission to reinter Richard III's body at the city's cathedral after a challenge from counter-claimants in York was dismissed.

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Public given chance to follow ceremonial route of Richard III in repeat of sold-out storytelling

John Oxley, the council archaeologist who will follow in the footsteps of Richard III on trails around York, says the King's "personal affection" for the city shines through.

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Future King advised to avoid war in 18th century letter revealed at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales's 18th century letter, advising the future King George III in a checklist shortly before the writer's premature death, goes on show at Buckingham Palace.

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