The Glorious Georges at the Historic Royal Palaces

Say what you like about we Britishers, but we are incredibly fortunate when it comes to the amazing historic properties we have access to in our country – castles, palaces, stately homes, cosy thatched cottages, we have them all. However, for those with a serious passion for history, it has to be said that the properties managed by the Historic Royal Palaces are something very special indeed as they look after not just Hampton Court Palace but also Kensington Palace, the Tower of London, Banqueting House and Kew Palace, all of which bear unique witness to the amazing, often grisly […]

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. Photo: Corbis. Princess Margaret Rose was born at Glamis Castle in Scotland on this day, the 21st of August in 1930. As I’ve had occasion to say MANY times on this blog, most princesses are not even nearly so pretty as the ones in fairy tales but Princess Margaret really lucked out when they were handing out looks and elegance as she was that rare thing – a genuinely beautiful princess. Reportedly, the princess was not just beautiful but also possessed a formidable intellect, which she would later lament remained untried by her parents’ rather […]

The Summer Queen

Although the Medieval era isn’t really my period, I must admit to always having had a more than sneaking fascination with Eleanor of Aquitaine, who acts as such a vibrant antidote to the usual parade of mewling, milquetoast, wimpled Medieval Queens. Like so many other strong willed, dynamic and intelligent women of history, the true Eleanor has been somewhat eclipsed and fudged by the swathe of legends and rumours that surrounded her but I think that in her case at least, the truth is just as fascinating a story as all the lies. This certainly seems to be the theme […]

Kate’s Style

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m completely fascinated by the Duchess of Cambridge even though these days it’s considered fairly un-cool to take even a passing interest in the activities of the Royal Family. Luckily I’ve never cared about seeming cool so that’s okay then. I don’t know precisely what it is about the Duchess that intrigues me so much, although I suspect that a lot of it is down to the fact that she’s a fellow History of Art graduate (I always wince and sympathise when people trot that out as a means to castigate her) as well as her […]

In Fine Style – a superb Tudor and Stuart exhibition

Photo: Melanie Clegg. I was lucky enough to be invited to the blogger’s preview yesterday morning of the new exhibition In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. It must surely be testament to how thoroughly excited I was about this exhibition that I did not at all begrudge getting up at 3.30am to get there for the 9am start and proof of how ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT it is that I think it was an entirely well spent effort. Photo: Melanie Clegg. ‘This exhibition explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their […]

In Fine Style – the book

My much anticipated copy of In fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion arrived yesterday and naturally I couldn’t wait to share it with you all as I think quite a lot of you will be VERY interested in getting hold of a copy for yourselves! In Fine Style accompanies this summer’s big exhibition of the same name at the Queen’s Gallery, which looks like it is going to be absolutely STUNNING with art and clothes from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries displayed alongside each other to fully illustrate the parallels between aristocratic and royal fashion as it […]