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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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.

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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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The end of the world show: See out the apocalypse in style at Jorvik Viking Festival

It might be Ragnarok - the apocalypse as predicted in Norse legend - on Saturday, but the annual Viking Festival is promising to give everyone a memorable end to life on earth.

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Handel's royal relationships to sing in musical exhibition at the Foundling Museum

On the 300th anniversary of his composition playing at King George II's coronation, a major exhibition is all about the creative philanthropy of George Frideric Handel.

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600-year-old Richard III manuscript turns the page at Yorkshire Museum

The House Book of medieval York will be left open on pages revealing the truth behind Richard III's visits to York and the thoughts of leaders after his death.

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