The Final Years of Queen Anne – An Era Ends, a Legacy Remains

For a Queen who seems to have attracted relatively little attention in comparison to other British monarchs, the extent of the legacy that Queen Anne left to this country is, actually, quite considerable. In the final article of this four-part series, I review the influential people who shaped far-reaching events during her life-time and summarise … Read more…

The Reigning Years of Queen Anne – Great Change

In this instalment of our Queen Anne blog series we move into the years of Queen Anne’s reign in which many political upheavals and cultural changes came about. On-going War with Spain, resolution of long-standing tension with Scotland and the development of a two-party political system are all notable issues Anne dealt with during this … Read more…

The Rising Years of Queen Anne – Making of a Monarch

The second part of our series on the life of Queen Anne looks into the events during the early years of her reign. If you missed part one you can read it here. Anne ascended the throne on 8th March 1702 following the death of her unpopular brother-in-law, William of Orange. He had shared the throne … Read more…

The Early Years of Queen Anne – Childhood and Girlhood

One of the 2014 Commemorative Coin themes is the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the death of Queen Anne. Events during Anne’s reign have a significance that still resonates today, so we want to take you on a journey through the life of this Queen, whose death brought to an end the era of … Read more…

Jennie Bond: The milestone moments I’ve shared with The Queen

Jennie Bond: The milestone moments I’ve shared with The Queen

In our Royal Celebration blog series, we have been revisiting the milestones that Her Majesty The Queen has marked throughout her reign, from her accession to the throne in 1952 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The series has been a royal trip down memory lane, recalling key anniversaries and how these momentous occasions have … Read more…

Her Majesty The Queen becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch

Her Majesty The Queen enters the record books today as she becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history. Her reign will exceed the length of Queen Victoria’s who was previously Britain’s longest reigning monarch, with a reign that spanned 63 years and 216 days – that’s a total of 23,226 days! Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria … Read more…

Behind the design: Representation of the People Act 1918

Before and during the First World War very little of the general public had the opportunity to have their political voices heard. After decades of struggling to be heard a 100 years ago their voices were finally listened to and the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed through Parliament with an overwhelming majority. A century later the … Read more…

Royal Celebration Series: 2012, The Diamond Jubilee

Royal Celebration Series: 2012, The Diamond Jubilee

In 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will have been our Queen for 65 years. She will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee. In our Royal Celebration blog series we have reviewed the events surrounding The Queen’s Accession to the throne in 1952, the celebrations for her Silver Jubilee in 1977 … Read more…