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The Royal Families of Scandinavia

Posted by Published on November 29, 2018

The three countries that make up Scandinavia – Denmark, Norway, and Sweden – are all constitutional monarchies with some of the longest-serving royal families in Europe.     Despite their long histories, these royal houses are as progressive and forward-looking as the countries they serve, and these modern-day kings, queens, princes, and princesses remain popular with monarchists across the globe as well as with Scandinavian…

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Queen Victoria: A timeline

Posted by Published on May 30, 2018

On May 24, 2019 it will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of “the grandmother of Europe”, Queen Victoria. On this occasion let’s go back on its history… Queen Victoria reigned over the United Kingdom 63 years and seven months, a record beaten by the current Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne in 1952. The long reign of Victoria remains associated with an…

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Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Posted by Published on January 10, 2018

From the moment of her accession in February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has been subjected to relentless visual scrutiny and has been one of the most depicted women in the world. Take a look at a selection of painted portraits of Her Majesty through the ages, from the 50s to the present day and discover how the artists have managed to capture her character and…

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Strong Women in History

Posted by Published on May 22, 2017

A pretty standard answer to the question “Which woman do you most admire?” tends to be “My mother”. Like others, I admire my mum enormously as I do my maternal grandmother, a single mum at the end of  WWII struggling to make ends meet. My mum went back to college once my sister and I were old enough to look after ourselves, and finally found…

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The Queen’s Art Collection

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

The Royal Collection is the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, spanning over 500 years of history. Discover stories behind some of the paintings that can be viewed in the royal palaces.   The Nubian Giraffe by Jacques-Laurent Agasse The giraffe in this painting was one of three giraffes given as gifts by…

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Royal Pets: not only Corgis

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

Over the years the British Royal Family have embraced dogs – most notably corgis – as their favoured pets but it has not always been so.  See how animals have been immortalized in family portraits in royal households through the ages. The Tudors Animals as pets were considered a great luxury during the 16th century. The royal family were known to house many, including exotic animals typically given as gifts…

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Queen Elizabeth on Camera

Posted by Published on May 27, 2016

On 4th June 2016, the nation will be celebrating the Queen’s birthday with the annual Trooping the Colour parade. This year will be a particularly special occasion as it is the Queen’s 90th – she is the longest lived British sovereign in history. Commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s extraordinary life with footage from the Bridgeman archive: The Royal family with Churchill on VE Day in 1945: Churchill at Buckingham…

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9 September 2015 marked a historic landmark for the nation, as Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in British history. In doing so, she broke the record held for over a century by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months. The beloved Queen has had an extraordinary lifetime devoted to public service, and also celebrated her 90th birthday in April 2016. June…

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Jungle Fever: Design Trends For 2016

Posted by Published on December 1, 2015

I thought it would be interesting to look at the big cultural happenings of the year using the Bridgeman archive as a visual guide, to see how they might inspire the design of future on-trend products. Monkey Magic The Year of the Monkey began on 8th of February 2016  according to the Chinese Zodiac. Curious, mischievous, and clever, this practical joker is a great addition to any…

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