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.

An image of a painting of a boy in royal clothing - edward the sixth, henry the eighth's only son

Hidden portrait of Henry VIII's only son, Edward VI, emerges in painting of boy king who died at 15

A previously unknown portrait of Henry VIII’s only son, Edward VI, has been discovered in the art collection of London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

a photo of a corner of a book with a doodle of an Elizabethan galleon in the corner

A magical glimpse into the Tudor imagination: Lost library of John Dee to be revealed

An unmissable glimpse into the Tudor imagination is promised by the Royal College of Physicians who will be showing books from the extraordinary lost library of polymath, mathematician and magician John Dee for the very first time in 2016.

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.

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