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.

A photo of the stained, blue-green sleeved waistcoat worn by Charles the First at his execution

Object of the Week: The knitted silk waistcoat worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649

This fine, originally blue-green sleeved waistcoat or vest has traditionally been identified as one of the garments worn by Charles on the day he died, probably over a linen undershirt.

A photo of a man and a woman posing in a fragrance advert as part of an exhibition on Henry the eighth at York's Barley Hall

Décapitation perfume inspired by Catherine Howard indiscretions aims to turn museum visitors into "virile Tudor males"

A perfume dubbed Décapitation, honouring Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's allegedly unfaithful fifth wife, has been launched in York.

A photograph of two members of the British Monarchy

Duchess of Cambridge is less modern than you might think, claims Professor

An Oxford professor claims that Princess Kate is less of a modern princess than one might expect and carries out many of the traditional roles of a royal consort.

a photo of a woven tapestry which features two people and the mythical unicorn; a horse with a large horn on its head. There are also two people in front of the tapestry dressed in old fashioned clothes from the period.

James V's lost tapestries restored after largest UK weaving project in 100 years is completed

An Historic Scotland commissioned restoration of a set of tapestries as part of a larger proposal to renovate the palace of James V has been unveiled at Stirling Castle.

A photo of two elegant red dresses with a yellow sash inside a museum display case

Object of the Week: Wallis Simpson's nightdress at the Allhallows Museum of Lace in Honiton

We take you to the Allhallows Museum of Lace in Honiton to meet the wonderful scarlet chiffon nightdress, capelet and full-length gown once worn by Wallis Simpson.

A photo of teeth and a thumb bone on a red background

Public vote on new digital Magna Carta celebrates 800th anniversary of the charter

A set of digital rights clauses created by 3,000 students worldwide are to be voted on by the public as part of a new digital Magna Carta, with the ‘Top 10’ clauses revealed on Magna Carta Day......

A photo of an ancient gold coin with an inscription of a sun figure at its centre

Triumph and disaster: Eight exhibits from the British Museum's show on Louis XIV as a Sun King

In the tercentenary year of Louis XIV's death, the British Museum reveals the medals made for a man intent on being known as a Sun King whose rays would warm and illuminate the world.

a photograph of a hand embroidering an image of a medieval pope

A Magna Carta for the common(s) people: Cornelia Parker's Wikipedia Embroidery unveiled at British Library

Cornelia Parker’s major embroidery installation of Magna Carta is about to go on display at the British Library - here's a sneak preview.

A photo of a statue of a woman in Elizabethan dress holding a bible and touching her rosary

Scotland's first statue of Mary, Queen of Scots, unveiled outside Linlithgow Palace

A new statue of one of Scotland’s best known historical figures, Mary Queen of Scots, has been unveiled at the place of her birth in 1542, Linlithgow Palace.

A photo of a human backbone spine against a black background

Monster, villain and clown: Richard III tried to hide scoliosis before cruel depictions were made, new research says

The king could have tried to hide his scoliosis before his body was exhibited following his death at the Battle of Bosworth, says the University of Leicester's Dr Mary Ann Lund.

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