God Save the Queens

Queen Elizabeth II looking regal in her regalia

Today Queen Elizabeth II overtakes her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest reigning monarch of Britain.  The Queen isn’t doing anything in particular to celebrate.  It’s business as usual for her, opening the New Scottish Borders Railway.  And why should she celebrate?  It’s not a competition.  But it is a milestone. As with […]

Queen Charlotte and the Princesses Charlotte

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Little sweet Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge is just a few weeks old and after the global media frenzy around her birth, sadly for us we probably won’t see her again until her christening.  Mum, Dad, and princess are tucked away in Norfolk in their Anmer Hall residence.  Lots of speculation has been made about […]

Royal Regalia Rocks – The Crown Jewels

Queen Elizabeth II coronation

No queen would be complete without her royal posse, her glam squad, and most importantly of all – her jewels. Nothing sets the royal woman apart from the mere mortals (and wannabes) more than the rare jewels that she uses to adorn herself. But more than just being some shiny rocks, the regalia, or the […]

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

My favourite Princess Diana dress - worn on a state visit to Brazil in 1991. Designer: Catherine Walker

If the suit makes the man, then the suit of armour makes the king.  If the suit of armour makes the king, then the ball gown definitely makes the royal woman!  There is no better place to see game-changing gowns worn by royal women than at the  Fashion Rules Exhibition at Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace was the […]

International Women’s Day

International Womans Day 2015

Today is the 104th International Women’s Day.  The first ever Women’s Day was held in New York in 1909 and was organised by the Socialist Party of America.  Over the decades, more and more countries have decided to observe the holiday.  In some parts of the world, the holiday is a celebration of women’s economic, political, […]

Tower of London and the Queens

The Queens of the Tower - from joyous coronations to heart-breaking demises

You could not find a more masculine monument in England than the Tower of London.  It’s a medieval fortress built by William the Conquerer shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066.  Over the centuries, it’s been a place of battle, a fortress, a prison, an execution site, but it’s also a royal palace.  And despite […]

Kate the Great

courtesy of James Veysey

Confession: I’m slightly obsessed with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Not just because we share the same name (and nickname) but it goes deeper than that.  I’ll devour anything about her — books, articles, videos.  I stalk her on the internet.  I even sometimes stalk her in real life (in a non-creepy, totally within-the-bounds-of-propriety way).  But […]

12 Queens of Christmas Carol and a Giveaway

Victoria_Coronation

By Rachel Harper Here’s a little holiday treat for you!  An original Christmas carol set to the tune of 12 days of Christmas.  This one however is all about English queens over the centuries. There is a special prize for the first person to e-mail katherine@eventful-travel.com the correct queenly reference to all of the verses. […]

Catherine of Valois Forgotten Tudor Matriarch

Catherine of Valois

When Henry VII won the Tudors the English throne at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, his claim was tenuous at best.    He was also the last English king to win his crown on the battlefield.  Henry’s pushy mother, Margaret Beaufort, no doubt thought that her son’s rise was “God’s will” but it was […]