Tag: Royalty

10 Urban Legends & Myths

Posted by Published on June 8, 2018

  The Whitechapel Murders The Whitechapel Murders and the mysterious entity committing them are perhaps one of the most famous examples of an Urban Legend in London’s history. ‘Jack The Ripper’ was never found or arrested, but several individuals were potentially tied to the mysterious entity – his nickname ‘the ripper’ came from the way he left the victim’s bodies. Part of Jack’s notoriety came…

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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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The Stories behind the Bedrooms

Posted by Published on June 2, 2017

Whether you’re royalty or struggling to make ends meet we all need to sleep and therefore need a bedroom. These are the secret spaces of our lives. Or not so secret spaces – we’ve compiled some of the stories behind the bedrooms. Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) 1939-58 Now Pope Pius XII was the Pope during the Second World War. Though he did not publicly…

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Famous Kids, Part II – Royals and Politicians See how many you can guess and if you get stuck or want to make sure you have the correct answer simply click on the image. The quote above each image should give you a clue. Good luck and enjoy!  1   “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.”…

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24 May 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria, whose iconic 63-year reign came to be known as one of the most successful and innovative periods in British history: the Victorian era. This period in history was full of incredible inventions including typewriters, tarmac, sewing machines and afternoon tea. Another invention of the nineteenth century, which has become indispensable to our own 21st-century lives,…

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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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The Oscar winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently called for more films on Russian history and says he would like to play Lenin or Rasputin. In the run up to the centenary of the Russian Revolution we quite agree and thought it might be useful for researchers to highlight archive footage of the politics, people and major events in Russia from the last century. Russian history…

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Top 10 Cultural Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 12, 2017

  It’s fair to say 2016 will go down in the history books as a year that rocked celebrity culture.  Here’s hoping to fewer deaths of stalwarts in the world of music, TV and film this year.  We have plenty of cultural anniversaries to commemorate!  Take a look at our top ten cultural anniversaries of 2017.  You can also visit our archival calendar for many more. 1. Alphonse…

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Top 10 Historical Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 5, 2017

  January: the month of resolutions and good intentions. Whether it’s for work or leisure, the New Year brings a desire to self-improve but often without the know-how to do so.  Do you need to enhance your creativity or develop new ideas?  To help you get the creative juices flowing, why not draw your inspiration from the past?  The Bridgeman archive has a range of…

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