Book Reviews

Book News June 2022

*contains affiliate links* Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici  Hardcover – 30 June 2022 (UK & US) This is a story of two remarkable visionaries: a story of blood, fire and gold. It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom [read more]

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Strathmore Tiara

The Strathmore tiara was given to then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon by her father, Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, upon her marriage to the then Duke of York in 1923. It was purchased from Catchpole and Williams. The tiara is formed as a garland of roses, and it came with two alternative frames. [read more]

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Charlotte Princess Royal

Royal Wedding Recollections – Charlotte, Princess Royal & Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Württemberg

Charlotte, Princess Royal, was the eldest daughter of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was the only one of their daughters to make a timely marriage; the others remained unmarried or were married so late in life that they could no longer have children. On 18 May 1797, Charlotte married Frederick, Hereditary Prince [read more]

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Diana Princess of Wales

Royal Jewels – The Spencer Tiara

Perhaps one of the most famous tiaras in British royal history is the Spencer tiara, which isn’t even owned by the British royal family. It was worn by Lady Diana Spencer on her wedding day on 29 July 1981 to the heir to the British throne, the Prince of Wales. The Spencer tiara is, as [read more]