24 May 1819: The Birth of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, born Alexandrina Victoria, was born 199 years ago today. She was the daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent and Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Edward was the fourth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. She became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. On 1 May 1876, Queen … Continue reading 24 May 1819: The Birth of Queen Victoria

Windsor Castle: a Visit to St George’s Chapel

This week I couldn’t resist a pre Royal Wedding visit to Windsor Castle. You can read my post here. Along with visiting the State Apartments I had the privilege of visiting St George’s Chapel. Quoting from my post Royal Weddings at Windsor Castle: a History;  ‘the Chapel has centuries of significance for the royal family and is the last resting place of many previous monarchs … Continue reading Windsor Castle: a Visit to St George’s Chapel

Royal Weddings at Windsor Castle: a History

Today Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Chapel has centuries of significance for the royal family and is the last resting place of many previous monarchs and their consorts, including King Henry VIII and his third queen, Jane Seymour, King Edward the IV and his queen Elizabeth Woodville and King George V and his consort Queen Mary, the present queen’s … Continue reading Royal Weddings at Windsor Castle: a History

Pictures of History: Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, London, is the subject of my Pictures of History post this week. I visited on a sunny April day in 2011. I must go back soon, I know the diplodocus cast that had been exhibited in the grand central hall was changed last year and I wonder what else has changed?   My pictures reflect my interests at the time: a lot … Continue reading Pictures of History: Natural History Museum

Windsor is Royal Wedding Ready!

Royal Wedding fever has officially hit! We are 5 days away from watching Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle walk down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is resplendent in the sunshine today and, not surprisingly, is teeming with tourists and TV crews. People are dodging cameramen, royal reporters, news anchors and the ubiquitous selfie-sticks, and others are photobombing perfectly … Continue reading Windsor is Royal Wedding Ready!

Hampton Court Palace: A Look up to the Ceiling

This weekend I made a return visit to Hampton Court Palace. I’ve said it before that I’m lucky to live so close to so many of London’s historic venues. I walked through the portcullis at the West Gate to enter Base Court and happened to glance up at the ceiling and the above picture is what I saw. Looking up at the ceiling became a … Continue reading Hampton Court Palace: A Look up to the Ceiling

8 May 1945: Victory in Europe

On 8 May 1945 Europe celebrated the end of World War II, although it would be mid-August before the world saw peace with VJ Day (victory over the Japanese) when war in the Far-East was declared over. The German surrender was anticipated for days and General Jodl, the German Army Chief of Staff, finally signed their unconditional surrender at 2.41 a.m. on 7 May 1945. … Continue reading 8 May 1945: Victory in Europe

RAF Plane Crash: Irish Sea Rescue Attempt

On the morning of 27 September 1950 an RAF twin-seater Meteor 7 aircraft crashed into the Irish Sea, off Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire. It was on its way from Jurby, Isle of Man to Driffield, Yorkshire. An RAF rescue attempt was launched immediately with assistance from those in the vicinity. It was briefly reported in some newspapers, where it was stated that one body was recovered … Continue reading RAF Plane Crash: Irish Sea Rescue Attempt

The National Gallery, London: Early Renaissance Art

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting The National Gallery, London. I explored the Sainsbury Wing which houses their awe-inspiring Early Renaissance paintings. I was enthralled by their treasures on display, some of which were 700 years old! The above is a fragment from the Chapter House of the Sienese church of San Francesco. This depiction of serene nuns is one of my favourite … Continue reading The National Gallery, London: Early Renaissance Art

Pictures of History: Rosslyn Chapel

Welcome to the second in my new Pictures of History series! Over the years I’ve visited many historic locations and taken lots of photos alongside other visitors.  I was a little reluctant to share my experiences of these fascinating sites as various amounts of time has passed and potentially exhibits may have been updated. However, feedback from other bloggers indicated their interest and so Pictures … Continue reading Pictures of History: Rosslyn Chapel