Book Reviews

Book News July 2022

The Platinum Queen: Over 75 Speeches Given by Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch  Hardcover – 5 May 2022 (UK) & 1 July 2022 (US) For the first time, all 70 of the Queen’s Christmas speeches are published together in full, along with six additional feature speeches made at significant points in her life. Elizabeth I’s Final Years: [read more]

palm leaf brooch
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Palm-Leaf Brooch

The Palm-Leaf brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Cartier using loose diamonds from her own collection. It’s in the shape of a curling oriental palm leaf with nine brilliants in the centre in claw settings. The borders are lobed pavé set brilliants. The clip is a Cartier speciality and allows for [read more]


Review: SIX the Musical

The six wives of King Henry VIII of England are reclaiming their place in history, not just as the wives, but as their own person with their own stories to tell. And it wouldn’t be the 21st century if this wasn’t poured into an electric, funky musical with a fair bit of irony and sarcasm. [read more]


Pingyang – The warrior Princess

Princess Pingyang’s story is truly remarkable. She was not an average woman. When her father, Li Yuan, led a rebellion against his cousin, Emperor Yang Guang, Princess Pingyang assisted her father by leading her own army called the Woman’s Army. The Woman’s Army was an army of over 70,000 troops that consisted mainly of peasants. [read more]