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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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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Isaac Newton was behind Queen Anne coronation medal, secret sketchbook at Kew shows

An Oxford student who found one of the physicist's sketch and note-filled manuscripts in the National Archives says Newton made a medal given to crowds in 1702.

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As Richard III's bones are laid to rest, museums explore king's DNA and reputation

As the remains of Richard III are laid to rest in Leicester, the Yorkshire Museum is exploring the man and the myth while the Science Museum revisits the forensic clues.

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From car park to royal tomb: Ten stories from the discovery of Richard III

Marking Richard III's burial in Leicester Cathedral we look back at the top ten stories about the dramatic discovery of the last Plantaganet king of England.

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Benedict Cumberbatch revealed as Richard III's second cousin as actor prepares to read at reinterment ceremony

Ahead of the cathedral ceremony, genealogists have produced a family tree which shows the Oscar nominee is the last Plantagenet king's Richard 16 times removed second cousin.

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Henry VIII portrait and bed of his parents revealed in new Tudor display at Hever Castle

A portrait of a young and vigorous Henry VIII and the bed of his parents, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, are revealed at Anne Boleyn's childhood home, Hever Castle in Kent.

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Experts say Friday's solar eclipse mirrors astronomical events during final year of Richard III

As Richard III's reinterment approaches, experts say a rare solar eclipse on the day the medieval monarch's wife, Anne Neville, died - just months before the Battle of Bosworth - mirrors this......

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Charter reveals how Richard III planned to make Scarborough an independent county

A fragile document at Scarborough Art Gallery reveals how King Richard III would have granted Scarborough independent county status had he defeated Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth.

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Magna Carta: From the King's teeth to Horrible Histories at the British Library

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy opens at the British Library on Friday with an impressive collection of manuscripts including the Declaration of Independence and the US Bill of Rights in the UK for ......

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Head of Richard III reconstructed in four-hour operation based on DNA test results

Professor Caroline Wilkinson has reconstructed the head of Richard III, reflecting the blond hair and blue eyes of the king based on DNA evidence from his remains.

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