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BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2014. Award-winning and critically acclaimed historian Helen Rappaport turns to the tragic story of the daughters of the last Tsar of all the Russias, slaughtered with their parents at Ekaterinburg. On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down some steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was 22, the youngest only 17. Together with their parents and their 13-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias. Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, as it has about the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who – perhaps inevitably – have been seen as minor players in the drama. In 'Four Sisters', however, Helen Rappaport puts them centre stage and offers readers the most authoritative account yet of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources, she paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty. We see, almost for the first time, their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood – their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haeomophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences. Compellingly readable, meticulously researched and deeply moving, 'Four Sisters' gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for readers almost a century after their death. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2015. A fascinating study of a royal figure largely ignored by most English-language royal authors. Sabrina Pollock not only examines the life of this complicated woman but also provides an insight into the last decades of the Portuguese monarchy, overthrown in 1910. Maria Pia had a temper, but was not a scold. She was as extravagant as she was charitable. She was intimidating, but emotionally fragile. The list goes on. Unlike most women of her era and station, Maria Pia was a hands-on mother. Her love and devotion to her children are among her most admirable traits, matched only by her love and devotion to her adopted country. Handsomely illustrated and well-researched, 'Maria Pia, Queen of Portugal' is one of the most intriguing royal stories published recently. Hardback.
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A fresh, fascinating look at the life and times of England's great Renaissance prince and king, and the cultural and social development of the English court, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne. Life at Hampton Court Palace mirrored the rise in the King's power; he brought entertainment back into court life: feasting, dancing, music, hunting, hawking, jousting, games and sport. This illustrated guide looks behind the scenes at all levels of the King's household, including royal pastimes, religion, food, the Queen's chamber, the travelling court, scandals, European influences and the legend of Henry VIII himself. Softback.
by David Cripps. A fascinating collection of photographs of members of the royal houses of Europe, most of whom knew Queen Victoria as 'Grandmama'. This unique compilation covers the period between 1863 and 1906 and includes the last two generations of Romanovs. Hardback.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most joyous days in 20th-century British history – the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This official souvenir guide recalls the celebrations of 1953, and recreates all the preparations and pageantry of the event for its 60th anniversary. Lavishly illustrated throughout with newly commissioned photography, it brings together the dresses, uniforms and robes, the jewels and crowns worn at the Coronation for the first time since 1953, and tells the story in pictures of the people, the places, the ceremony and the events of this most extraordinary occasion. Hardback.
PAVLOS: NO ORDINARY KING softback book and DVD set  
After the release of the biographical documentary 'Pavlos: No Ordinary King' comes a limited-edition historical album. The story of King Pavlos is told in English and Greek over 256 pages with more than 190 photographs, news clippings and documents, categorised chronologically. Softback. The documentary DVD, in Greek with English subtitles, contains new interviews and previously unpublished photographs and videos. Running time: 2 hours 28 minutes. DVD Region 0.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2014. Royal ladies have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves, work in wards, field hospitals and help in the operating theatre, despite their sheltered upbringing. Indeed, through wars and revolutions in Russia, Greece, Spain, Romania, Belgium and Britain, their experiences were no different to those of thousands of other nurses. Beginning with two daughters of Queen Victoria – Princess Alice and Princess Helena – this book tells their stories and the difficulties queens and princesses faced while carving a worthwhile role in an age when the place of a well-born woman was considered to be in the home. From Empress Alexandra of Russia and Queen Marie of Romania to Princess Marina Duchess of Kent and Princess Alice of Greece (mother of the Duke of Edinburgh) – all set an example of service and duty well beyond that considered necessary at the time. Here, their involvement in nursing and the lengths they went to is detailed for the first time. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE 2014. Re-create a royal menu at home with Royal Collection Trust's first-ever cookbook. Written by the Royal Chef and the Deputy Master of The Queen's Household, 'A Royal Cookbook' presents four three-course menus adapted from those prepared in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace and served to guests of Her Majesty The Queen. Among the book's recipes are Eggs Drumkilbo, a first course of hard-boiled eggs, lobster and prawns much loved by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, cutlets of lamb with a mint and lemon sauce, and Blackcurrant Sorbet, particularly fashionable during the reign of George IV (1820-30). The recipe for Chocolate Biscuit Cake, best known as one of the two cakes made to celebrate the marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is included in addition to the four menus. Accompanying each course are presentation tips, from enhancing the height of your crown of asparagus to creating a decorative effect with your blackcurrant sorbet. Over 50,000 people are welcomed to Buckingham Palace each year as The Queen's guests at state banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties. For official royal occasions, many dishes are presented on porcelain from the Royal Collection, such as the magnificent Coronation Service, most recently used at the state banquet for the President of the Republic of Korea in November 2013. One of the most ambitious china services ever produced by an English factory, it was commissioned by William IV from the Rockingham Works and first used at Queen Victoria's Coronation Banquet in 1838. 'A Royal Cookbook' also tells the story of royal dining through history; from the first recorded serving of 'ice cream' in England at the Garter Banquet for Charles II in 1671 to the thousands of dishes eaten at George IV's extravagant Coronation Banquet, including 160 tureens of soup and 400 jellies and creams. Hardback.
Photographer Arthur Edwards' tremendous career has led to his becoming the most familiar face on the royal circuit and the respect he shows his subjects means that his is a popular figure with royals themselves. Indeed, Princess Diana referred to him as 'our Arthur' and Prince Charles introduces him to world leaders when they are on royal tours. He has been on hand to capture the blossoming romance and subsequent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton; he was there to witness happy and loving moments at the start of Charles and Diana's marriage; he saw Prince William's first steps and was there for Prince Harry's first day at Eton. As well as having taken magical and momentous pictures, Arthur has some fascinating stories to go with them. Take, for example, a time in Klosters, when Patti Palmer-Tomkinson announced to the assembled press that her 'Uncle Harry' would be joining her party - and out stepped Prince Charles wearing false glasses, nose and moustache. In Toxeth, Liverpool, a young lad rode up to Princess Diana and asked for a kiss - and she obliged. It was also Arthur who pointed out to Prince Charles during a polo match that his flies were down - having checked with Arthur that nothing was showing, the Prince then carried on playing! This wonderful book is packed with the very best of Arthur's delightful colour pictures and unique stories from someone who has been present as history and headlines have been made. Within these pages is a valuable record of three decades during which the face of Britain's monarchy changed beyond recognition. Hardback.
A collection of never-before-seen photographs from the family albums and glowing tributes to mark His Majesty’s 80th birthday. Hardback.
by David McIntosh. Few people realise that the Italian province of Tuscany was at one time an independent grand duchy, ruled over by the Tuscan branch of the Habsburg dynasty. Grand Duke Leopold II was its last proper ruler and the ancestor of all the people who appear in this book, which is illustrated by rare and beautiful images from private and official collections. Hardback.
Our fantastic new publication 'Royal Entertaining and Style' by Ingrid Seward is now in stock. It reveals how the royal family lead their lives and how they like to entertain in the great royal palaces and castles, as well as in their private homes. This classically-printed 204-page publication has over 200 images and with a limited print run is sure to become a collector’s item. Hardback
AUGUST 2011 BOOK OF THE MONTH. Ilana D. Miller's amazing story of Princesses Victoria, Elisabeth, Irene and Alice of Hesse and by Rhine, Queen Victoria's granddaughters, also known as 'The Four Graces'. Included in this unique work are the biographies of these tragic sisters who were destined to play important roles in history. Written from the perspective of Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Princess Victoria of Battenberg and then Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, 'The Four Graces' provides a clear insight into the splendorous and intricate world of European royalty. Hardback.
A photographic history of the Greek royal family from King George I to King Constantine II. Hardback.
This special royal souvenir from Pitkin celebrates the family life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following the birth of their second child, Princess Charlotte. Beautiful photographs help to tell the story of how William and Catherine grew up, met and fell in love, with a particular focus on their fairytale wedding, the birth and christening of Prince George, and royal events and engagements up to the joyous arrival of Princess Charlotte. This insightful guide reflects on the family’s journey so far, and looks forward to what the future holds for the couple that has captured the hearts of the nation and, indeed, the world. Softback.
'Royal Tours 1786-2010' is a penetrating look at the tours of 11 members of the royal family who were or would be monarchs, viceroys and commanders-in-chief of Canada. Softback.
He was a Prince of Denmark, a grandson of Christian IX but also an officer in the Danish Navy and managing director of the (Danish) East Asian Company, board member of Scandinavian Airlines and Danish representative on the International Olympic Committee. She was born a Princess of Sweden, the sister of Queen Astrid of Belgium and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, and thus the beloved aunt of many European royals. Here is yet another pictorial biography of two fascinating royal personalities, today largely forgotten. Hardback.
The third book in the 'Majesty' series. 'Jubilee 2012: Celebrations & Tours', which has contributions from Lynne Bell, Joe Little, Richard Palmer, Ingrid Seward and Camilla Tominey, relives the incredible nine months in which the Queen and members of the royal family marked the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession with a series of visits and engagements all over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. This lavishly-illustrated 204-page hardback publication will make the perfect souvenir or gift. Orders are now being accepted but please note that the book will not be available for despatch until late November. A limited-edition, leather-bound version is also being prepared, details of which will appear in our December issue.
By Allen Rowley. This celebratory book contains the cream of royal photographs from the Yorkshire Post collection. Covering the period since the 1940s, it reflects the warm welcome always displayed by Yorkshire folk at royal visits across the county.
In 'Royal London', architectural photographer John Cleave and London-based author and journalist Roger Williams highlight the city's royal architectural legacy. Starting with an overview of London through the ages, they explore the core buildings around Buckingham Palace and Westminster before moving out to Kensington, Chelsea and the City, with excursions to the major palaces at Hampton Court and Windsor as well as lesser-known places of interest, all marked on a specially drawn map. The book includes 162 of Cleave's watercolour-like yet computer-derived illustrations, accompanied by his own annotations, together with Williams' authoritative and insightful introductions to each of the book's six chapters. Hardback.
A former German state largely situated in the northwest of the present-day Federal Republic, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was for hundreds of years inextricably linked with the Grand Ducal House, which is first documented at the beginning of the 11th century. David McIntosh presents a fascinating illustrated history of this ancient and illustrious family. Hardback.
Included in this unique work, the second in a two-volume series, are 18 biographies of Russian grand dukes. These men formed the junior lines of the Russian imperial family at the time of the Revolution: the Vladimirovichi, Pavlovichi, Konstantinovichi, Nikolaevichi and Mikhailovichi. The book is illustrated with exquisite and rare photographs of these intriguing men, their families and descendants. It also includes several family trees. The chapters were written by some of today's most recognised authors and scholars on the Romanov dynasty. Hardback.
The biographies of nearly 40 men, all the offspring of Russian tsars, are included in this volume, the first of two. They were not all saints, nor were they all sinners; they were men whose birth showered them with untold privilege. Some used their birthright for the common good; others did not. Yet they all remain intriguing human beings. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2013. Following the royal wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and the imminent birth of Kate and William's first baby, popular sentiment towards the royal family has rarely been higher. At the centre of this surge in affection is a woman who has captured the heart of a nation and who, at the side of her husband, Prince William, is ushering in a new dawn for the United Kingdom's reigning family. For, due to planned amendments to the rules of accession to the British Crown, their first child, regardless of gender, will succeed William to the throne. Marcia Moody explores the life of the woman who has done so much to revitalise the public image of the royal family, covering her early years, her family, her time at St Andrews University and her meeting with Prince William, their early relationship and its trials, the wedding and her new official role, her style, and, of course, her pregnancy. Besides being the perfect book for admirers of this remarkable young woman, 'Kate: A Biography' marks a crucial moment in the history of the royal line. Hardback.
As the wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach became queen of England in 1727. Known for her intelligence and strong character, Queen Caroline wielded considerable political power until her death in 1737. She was enthusiastic and energetic in her cultural patronage, engaging in projects that touched on the arts, architecture, gardens, literature, science and natural philosophy. This meticulously researched volume by Dr Joanna Marschner will survey Caroline's significant contributions to the arts and culture and the ways in which she used her patronage to strengthen the royal family's connections between the recently installed House of Hanover and English society. She established an extensive library at St. James' Palace, and her renowned salons attracted many of the great thinkers of the day; Voltaire wrote of her, "I must say that despite all her titles and crowns, this princess was born to encourage the arts and the well-being of mankind". Hardback.
Inspired by Lady Patricia Ramsay, amongst others, Robert Golden has now put together a second book of photographs and anecdotes on the lesser-known members of the British royal family. Hardback.
“This book’s concept began with our frustration over the lack of English language sources available on the six beautiful Nassau sisters of Luxembourg, their descendants and the families they married into. We, however, wanted to know more,' say authors Sabrina and Kassandra Pollock. "Thus, we braved our way through whatever foreign language materials we could find, and as we learned more about the Princesses’ lives our interest grew to include the account of their parents’ courtship and eventual marriage, a union which is one of the more touching but tragic of history’s untold royal love stories. Nor would the narrative of the sisters’ lives be complete without an explanation of how their grandfather came to inherit the Luxembourg throne." Hardback, 240 pages, 405 rare images of the grand ducal family and other related royal and princely families.
William Mead Lalor shows a cross-section of royalty: the famous as well as the obscure, the reigning as well as the non-reigning. He also describes the complicated relationships that were shaken by the First World War but never completely shattered. Hardback.
Hampton Court Palace, to the southwest of London, is one of the most famous and magnificent buildings in Britain. The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey, but it soon attracted the attention of his king and became the centre of royal and political life for the next 200 years. In this new, generously illustrated history, the stories of the people who have inhabited the palace over the last five centuries take centre stage. Here Henry VIII and most of his six wives held court, Shakespeare and his players performed, and Charles I escaped arrest after his defeat in the Civil War. William III and Mary II introduced French court etiquette, and Georgian kings and princes argued violently amid the splendid interiors. Alongside the royal residents, there have been equally fascinating characters among courtiers and servants. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in the 19th century, and since then millions of visitors have been drawn to Hampton Court by its grandeur, its beauty and the many intriguing stories of those great and small who once lived here. Softback.
ASTRID: 1905-1935  
Using family photographs from the archives of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Antoinette Ramsay-Herthelius and Ted Rosvall have compiled a fitting tribute to the 'beautiful, good-hearted, admired and beloved' Astrid, Princess of Sweden and later Queen of the Belgians, to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth. Her death just three decades later was sudden and tragic, particularly for the three young children she left behind. Friends and admirers mourned her for years; she became an icon, a modern legend, and remains so to this day. Hardback.
A pictorial look at the vast changes in the royal houses of Europe since the Second World War.
After the unqualified success of 'Relatively Royal' and 'The Golden Book of Royalty', Robert Golden has now compiled a third volume of photographs and anecdotes in his own unique style. Hardback.
David Cripps’s latest album of photographs, both formal and informal for the period 1860-1960, gives the reader a glimpse into the privileged world of Tsar Nicholas II and his extended family. Hardback.
FEBRUARY 2009 BOOK OF THE MONTH. The first instalment of the highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII, written by one of the UK's most popular, established and exciting historians. Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne, 'Henry: Virtuous Prince' is a radical re-evaluation of the monarchy's most enduring icon. Henry VIII was Britain's most powerful monarch, yet he was not born to rule. Thrust into the limelight after the sudden death of his elder brother, Prince Arthur, Henry ascended the throne in 1509, marking the beginning of a reign that altered the course of English history. In his youth Henry was highly intelligent, athletic and musically talented. He excelled in Latin and Mathematics and was an accomplished musician. On his accession to the throne, aged just 17, after the tumultuous rule of his father, he provided England with hope of a new beginning. Nobody could have foreseen how radical Henry's rule would prove to be. Often overshadowed by the bloody saga of his six marriages, his reign has left a lasting legacy. An absolute monarch, Henry’s quest for fame was as obsessive as any modern celebrity. His fierce battles against Papal authority mark one of the most dramatic and defining moments in the history of Britain. Yet his early life was insecure. The Tudor regime was viewed by many as rule by usurpers and the dark shadows of the Wars of the Roses often threatened to tear England apart once more. The culmination of a lifetime's research, David Starkey gives a radical and unforgettable portrait of the man behind the icon; the Renaissance Prince turned tyrant, who continues to tower over history. Hardback.
From 1547, when Ivan the Terrible declared himself Tsar of Russia, to 1712, when Peter the Great moved the capital to St Petersburg, one of the highlights of Moscow court life was the formal presentation of diplomatic gifts to the Tsar. These fabulous offerings have been preserved intact in the Kremlin Armoury, in a collection that cannot be matched by any other royal treasury in the world. Now many of these objects are published in this gloriously illustrated volume. Ranging from arms and armour and exquisite textiles to spectacular works in gold and silver, gifts received by the Tsars are masterpieces of the decorative arts – and afford a fascinating glimpse of international relations during a period when Russia emerged as a world power. Hardback.
Using rare archival information obtained from various Russian sources, as well as those in Europe and the United States, renowned Russian authors Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova have pieced together the first biography of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, the indomitable 'Aunt Miechen'. Daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and amiable aunt of Russia’s last three tsars, Marie Pavlovna enjoyed an enviable position in the highest echelons of pre-Revolutionary Russian society and cultural life. A patron of the greatest jewellers and designers of her time, Marie Pavlovna also made considerable efforts on her numerous charities. Her energy was legendary, as was her travelling, spending and meddling in the highest affairs of the empire. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs, many donated by her descendants, this biography promises to be unequalled. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2015. At 8:34am on 2 May 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delivered of a daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Later, the whole world watched as the couple proudly presented her to the cameras and crowds outside St Mary’s Hospital in London. She is fourth in line to the throne. In 'William and Catherine’s New Royal Family' Ian Lloyd recounts the lead up to the arrival of their second child. Using stunning photographs he looks back at the couple’s lives: their courtship, careers and engagement, the wedding watched by two billion people, their marriage and the birth of their son, Prince George, in July 2013. We also take a glimpse at George’s first two years: his christening, visit to New Zealand and Australia, and much more besides. Hardback.
Here are the feasts that really are fit for a king – or queen. This delightful book explores the history of royal dining from the bustling kitchens of the Middle Ages to the informal dinner parties of today. Susanne Groom, a former curator at Historic Royal Palaces, considers the diets of monarchs from Richard II to Elizabeth II, revealing the exotic beasts served at medieval courts, the 48-day picnic prepared for Henry VIII and François I of France at the Field of Cloth of Gold, the romantic suppers made for Charles II and his mistresses, Queen Victoria’s love of nursery food, and the gluttonous appetite of Edward VII. We also learn about royal table manners, the earliest cookbooks, the hiring of flamboyant chefs and the intrigues of unscrupulous kitchen staff, the ever-changing health advice given to the sovereign, and the influence of royal diet on the average family fare. Full of lively anecdotes, colourful characters, rarely seen illustrations, and menus from state banquets, weddings, coronations and jubilees, 'At the King’s Table', with a foreword by well-known chef Heston Blumenthal, is a treat for all culinary fans. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2014. From HRH Princess Michael of Kent, bestselling author of 'The Queen of Four Kingdoms', comes the extraordinary second volume in the Anjou trilogy. Yolande, the Queen of Four Kingdoms, is dead. Agnes Sorel, beautiful, innocent, 20 years old, had arrived a year earlier with the court of Yolande's son, Rene D'Anjou, and remained with his mother at her request, knowing how much the King of France, her dissolute son-in-law Charles VII, would need wise guidance. As a trusted confidant of Yolande, Agnes captivates everyone she meets, and in her role as a demoiselle to Rene's wife, Isabelle of Lorraine, Agnes finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court. Soon though, whispers at court regarding Charles's burgeoning feelings for her begin to grow, and despite her best efforts to resist, Agnes is alarmed to discover that she too is in love. Plagued by guilt but unable to deny her feelings for the King, Agnes is forced to choose between her love for Charles, and her duty to herself... Hardback.
"To the Queen... A Royal Drinkology" is 2012's most exciting, fun, celebratory and historical yet unconventional tribute to the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This souvenir is the perfect way to make your own party go with a bang. Hardback.
A 248-page hardback album of 330 photographs divided into 36 chapters, each dedicated to a specific royal occasion: Chapter I: The Russian Imperial Family Visits the Romanian Royal Family – Constanza, 14 June 1914 Chapter II: The Russian Emperor Declares War on Germany – St Petersburg, 2 August 1914 Chapter III: The Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha and Her Spanish Grandsons – Dolder Hotel, Zurich, August 1916 Chapter IV: The wedding of Prince George of Battenberg and Countess Nada de Torby – London, 15 November 1916 Chapter V: The Funeral of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, King of Hungary – Vienna, 30 November 1916 Chapter VI: The Family of the Infante don Carlos of Spain – Madrid, c.1917 Chapter VII: The Habsburgs of Teschen – Austria, c.1917 Chapter VIII: Queen Maud of Norway Visits Her English Relations – London, December 1918 Chapter IX: The Wedding of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg & Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma – Luxembourg, 6 November 1919 Chapter X: A Gathering of Coburgs – Burglaßschloßen, Coburg, c. late 1919 Chapter XI: The Ordaining of Prince Georg of Bavaria – Ettal Abbey, near Oberammergau, Bavaria, 19 March 1921 Chapter XII: The Funeral of Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria – Potsdam, 19 April 1921 Chapter XIII: The Swedish Royal Family Visit Their English Relations – c.1921 Chapter XIV: The Wedding of Princess Margrethe of Denmark and Prince René of Bourbon-Parma – Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 June 1921 Chapter XV: The Wedding of Princess Barbara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies & Count Franz Xaver of Stolberg-Wernigerode, Munich, 31 May 1922 Chapter XVI: King Alexander I of Serbia & Princess Marie of Romania – Belgrade, 8 June 1922 Chapter XVII: The Wedding of Princess Nadezhda of Bulgaria and Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg – Bad Mergentheim, 24 January 1924 Chapter XVIII: The Wedding of Prince Wolfgang of Hesse and Princess Marie Alexandra of Baden – Schloss Salem, 17 September 1924 Chapter XIX: The Kaiser in Exile – Huis Doorn, c.1926 Chapter XX: The Heinrichs of Prussia – Schloss Hemmelmark, c. June 1927 Chapter XXI: The Funeral of the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia – Roskilde, Denmark, 19 October 1928 Chapter XXII: The Wedding of Prince Christopher of Greece & Princess Françoise of France – Palermo, Sicily, 11 February 1929 Chapter XXIII: A Royal Gathering in Northern Germany, c.1929 Chapter XXIV: The 70th Birthday of Prince Carl of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden, 27 February 1931 Chapter XXV: The Wedding of the Count of Paris and Princess Isabelle d’Orléans-Bragança, Palermo, Sicily, 8 April 1931 Chapter XXVI: The 70th Birthday of Grand Duchess Maria Anna of Luxembourg – Schloss Berg, Luxembourg, 13 July 1931 Chapter XXVII: The Funeral of King Friedrich August III of Saxony – Dresden, Saxony, 23 February 1932 Chapter XXVIII: The Wedding of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha – Coburg, Bavaria, 20 October 1932 Chapter XXIX: The Wedding of Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Count Carl Theodor of Toerring-Jettenbach – Schloss Seefeld, Bavaria – 10 January 1934 Chapter XXX: King Vittorio Emanuel III of Italy and His Family, c.1934 Chapter XXXI: The Wedding of the Duke of Kent & Princess Marina of Greece – Westminster Abbey, London, 29 November 1934 Chapter XXXII: The Funeral of Queen Astrid of Belgium – Brussels, 3 September 1935 Chapter XXXIII: The Wedding of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands & Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld – The Hague, Netherlands, 7 January 1937 Chapter XXXIV: Hessian Tragedy – The Funeral of the Grand Ducal Family – 19 November 1937 Chapter XXXV: The Wedding of Princess Eugenie of Greece and Prince Dominic Radziwill – Paris, France, 30 May 1938 Chapter XXXVI: The Wedding of the Duke of Spoleto and Princess Irene of Greece – Florence, Italy, 1 July 1939 Family Tree
This book is full of surprises, from the 'undying love' that the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, felt for his Tsarina, to the unlikely love that flourished between Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Amongst them, too, are less happy loves of Crown Prince Rudolf for his 17-year-old lover, Countess Mary Vetsera, or, in the 1940s, of Prince Bertil of Sweden, refused consent to marry the woman he loved; she only became his princess more than 30 years later. Taking the reader right up to modern times, and touching, absorbing, and tragic by turns, these stories bring the glamour and the contradictions of royalty vividly to life. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2015. The Queen’s life is dedicated to her public – every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public duty. In 'The Queen’s Houses', Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a tour of the royal residences, examining the personal family stories behind these magnificent buildings. Through personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research, Alan looks beyond the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, the imposing structure of Windsor Castle and the private escape offered by Balmoral and others. Illustrated with intimate family photographs and evocative memorabilia, 'The Queen’s Houses' offers a glimpse of life behind the state banquets and sovereign duties – a respectful study of the royal family at home. Hardback.
Greg King and Sue Woolmans offer readers a vivid account of the lives – and cruel deaths – of Franz Ferdinand and his beloved Sophie. Combining royal biography, romance, and political assassination, the story unfolds against a backdrop of glittering privilege and an imperial court consumed with hatred, taking readers from Bohemian castles to the horrors of Nazi concentration camps in a compelling, fascinating human drama. As moving as the fabled romance of Nicholas and Alexandra, as dramatic as Mayerling, Sarajevo resonates with love and loss, triumph and tragedy in a vibrant and powerful narrative. It lays bare the lethal circumstances surrounding that fateful Sunday morning in 1914, examining not only the Serbian conspiracy that killed Franz and Sophie but also insinuations about the hidden powers in Vienna that may well have sent them to their deaths. With a foreword from the Archduke’s great-granddaughter, Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, and drawing on a wide variety of unpublished sources and with unique access to previously restricted Hungarian and Czech archives, including Sophie’s diaries and family papers, King and Woolmans have written the most comprehensive account of this momentous event available in English. In doing so, they offer readers an intriguing and startlingly revisionist look at this most famous of Archdukes, his family, and their momentous collision with destiny in 1914. Hardback.
This book by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova includes nearly 600 photos, the majority among them collected from the main archives in Russia and several European countries. The moment captured by these original photos tells the reader far more about the unique world of royalty and aristocracy than countless pages of text. The authors also relied on important information obtained from Russian and foreign periodicals, memoirs and scientific literature. The English-language version of this book was expanded with contributions from Arturo Beéche. Hardback.
Their love story captured the hearts of the nation and now, following the first birthday of William and Kate’s son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, interest in this thoroughly modern branch of the royal family has never been more fervent. 'The New Royal Family' by Robert Jobson chronicles William and Kate’s romance and follows William, Kate and George during their first year as a family, including their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Packed with fascinating anecdotes, sharp analysis – and exclusive photographs by Arthur Edwards – this brilliant book reveals charming and intimate details about William, Kate and George and provides an intriguing and comprehensive insight into what the future holds for the royal family. Softback.
In this brilliant, concise new biography Queen Victoria is shown as Britain’s queen of contradictions. In her combination of regal vehemence and wifely submission; deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romantic longing and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended for a leading women’s rights campaigner ‘a good whipping’. She detested smoking and believed whole-heartedly in the health-giving properties of fresh air, strong draughts and cold. She may or may not have been amused. Melbourne and Disraeli wooed her; Peel and Palmerston infuriated her; fatally Gladstone failed to ‘pet’ her. She loved dancing and the opera and, in her mourning of Prince Albert, sought consolation in the poetry of Tennyson and a long exchange of letters between sovereign and Laureate. Meanwhile she reinvented the monarchy and wrestled with personal reinvention. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband: during her protracted widowhood she belatedly embraced self-reliance. Fresh, witty and accessible, this new book from Matthew Dennison gives a compelling assessment of Victoria’s mercurial character and her impact, written with the irony, flourish and insight that this Queen and her rule so richly deserve. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2014. An entertaining biography of King Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, the future monarch was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, courtesans and can-can dancers. He spoke French more elegantly than English. He was the first ever guest to climb the Eiffel Tower with Gustave Eiffel, in defiance of an official English ban on his visit. He turned his French seduction skills into the diplomatic prowess that sealed the Entente Cordiale. A quintessentially English king? Pas du tout! Clarke argues that as ‘Dirty Bertie’ Edward learned all the essentials in life from the French. Hardback.
In this unique publication Angela Kelly, Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Queen Elizabeth II, tells the story of the creation of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee wardrobe. The reader is taken behind the scenes to explore how The Queen's concern to be seen by as many people as possible on public engagements and consideration for her hosts influence the design of what she wears. The book follows the entire creative process, from initial sketches and fabric swatches to the completed outfit with accessories, and celebrates the many remarkable highlights of the Diamond Jubilee year. Hardback.
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BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2011. When Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, died in December 1861 the nation was paralysed with grief. He was only 42 and official bulletins had, until the day before he died, given no cause for alarm. But in fact Albert had been in a progressive physical decline for years – worn out by overwork, stress and the exacting standards he set himself. His death was a catastrophe for the Queen, who not only adored her husband but had, through 21 years of marriage, utterly relied on him: as companion, father of their children, friend, confidant, wise counsellor and unofficial private secretary. There was not a single aspect of public business on which she had not deferred to his advice and greater wisdom. She would even consult him on what bonnet to wear. Britain had lost its king. For that is the role that Albert had performed in all but name. Politicians and the press agreed that his death was a national calamity. The public, totally unprepared, responded with a massive outpouring of grief. This royal death had a profound impact on Britain. Cast adrift and alone, the Queen donned the widow's weeds that she would wear for 40 years, until her own death in 1901. Her grieving was relentless. Without Albert to guide and support her, with a feckless heir who had caused her nothing but anxiety, and a family of nine children to parent alone, she retreated into a state of pathological grief which nobody could penetrate and few understood. Her stubborn refusal to return to public life rapidly began to alienate even her closest family and friends and to bring a resurgence of republicanism. There was even talk of abdication. For the 150th anniversary of Albert's death, this book examines the circumstances leading up to it, the ritual of his funeral and obsequies, and offers new theories on what killed him. It also describes the overwhelming despondency of a country plunged into mourning: bells tolling, shops shuttered up, everyone – no matter how poor – clad in black. Hardback.
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The first of three fascinating albums in which royal gatherings will be explained: who's who in the group photograph, when and where it was taken, the reason behind the gathering and a short biography of everyone in that image. Hardback.
Book of the Month for May 2015. This new examination of the affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII has been meticulously researched by Andrew Morton, author of the international bestseller 'Diana: Her True Story', the book that rocked the British establishment in the 1990s. '17 Carnations' chronicles the entanglement between Edward and Mrs Simpson and Hitler, beginning with the Führer’s early attempts to matchmake Edward with a German noblewoman. Ribbentrop, Hitler’s foreign minister, sent the apparently promiscuous Wallis 17 carnations - said to mark the nights they had spent together - daily, and she and Edward corresponded regularly with the German elite. The couple even became embroiled in a plot to install Edward as a puppet king following a German victory. Post-war, Edward’s revealing letters were long suppressed as the British and American establishments co-operated to conceal the connection between the Nazi leadership and the House of Windsor. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves - and including newly discovered and translated sources and previously unpublished photographs, '17 Carnations' throws sharp new light on a dark and fascinating chapter of history. Hardback.
In 1906 Queen Alexandra and her sister the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia purchased Hvidøre, a villa on the Danish coast, a private home. Until 1914 the sisters visited the property every autumn, entertaining friends and many royal relatives in an informal atmosphere. It was indeed a royal retreat. The First World War put an end to these happy times but in 1919, now exiled from Russia, the Dowager Empress made the villa her home and Hvidøre became a court in exile. In 1920 she was joined by her younger daughter Olga and her family, who all lived at Hvidøre, not always happily, until the Empress’s death in 1928. 'Hvidøre: A Royal Retreat' tells the story of the purchase, renovation, the many royal visitors and finally the sale of this forgotten royal home. Magnificent original illustrations from a private collection. Hardback.
Marie of Orléans married into the Danish Royal Family and became the sister-in-law of Europe. Unique pictures of a forgotten princess and an interesting text, which involves a lot of European history in the life of this gifted and independent Princess. To be published on 2 May 2012 - 100 years to the day since the inauguration of the Princess Marie statue at Langelinie in Copenhagen. The text will be in English and Danish. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2013. If Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, ‘Eddy’ to his family and friends, had lived to become king, Britain might have had a Roman Catholic queen. He certainly hoped it would. Biographers have dismissed Eddy’s love for Princess Hélène of Orléans as a thing of no consequence, the passing whim of an ineffectual prince who did the monarchy a favour by dying. But the recent discovery of a cache of original documents relating to their romance casts a new light on the affair, showing just how much the relationship meant to the couple themselves, and the lengths to which their families went in searching for a settlement that would allow them to marry. Ultimately, the religious obstacles proved too great, to the lasting sorrow of all concerned. Echoes of the affair lingered for many years, as this collection shows, though Eddy did not long survive the end of his hopes. He lived long enough to contract a ‘suitable’ engagement to a childhood friend before dying of influenza in the winter of 1891-1892, and his reputation almost died with him. So little evidence was known until now of the man he was – the man Hélène and those close to him knew – that later generations created their own myth to fill the blanks. But newly-discovered material in this book includes the letters Eddy sent to Hélène, which open a window into the character of a much maligned prince, and suggest that his whole biography may need to be rewritten. Hardback.
Did you know the Queen loves pigeon racing? Did you know Elizabeth served with the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) as a mechanic during World War Two? And that she is the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe? If you’re a fan of Queen Elizabeth II or just fascinated by the British monarchy then 'The Queen Elizabeth II Pocket Bible' contains everything you need to know and more! Discover what the Queen enjoys doing on her ‘days off’, what her royal duties include and the role the Queen plays in society today. Plus, inside you’ll find: • The Queen’s biography; from childhood through to the coronation and her reign • The latest up-to-date information about the Diamond Jubilee and Royal Wedding • Windsor family tree and profiles of each family member • Fact files of the royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and St James's Packed with quirky tips, historical trivia and funny facts, the Queen Elizabeth II Pocket Bible is the essential guide for tourists and British fans alike. Small format hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2014. Dickie Arbiter was a Press Secretary at Buckingham Palace for 12 years. Previously Court Correspondent for IRN, Dickie was a poacher turned gamekeeper before moving to work at the Palace in 1988. At the forefront of royal engagements Dickie was privileged to work alongside the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince and Princess of Wales as well as some of the minor royals. His career spanned some of the most turbulent times for the monarchy, the divorce of the future King and the death of Diana, to name just two. His fascinating memoir conveys what life was like behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and his personal and witty anecdotes bring detail to events and warmth to the royals that has never been documented before. Hardback.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as British sovereign in 2012. With the exception of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, she is the longest-serving monarch, acknowledged worldwide for the duties she has performed with grace and dignity. This special Pitkin souvenir guide, illustrated with over 80 photographs, looks at every aspect of the life of one of our most beloved monarchs: her childhood and teenage years in the company of her sister, Princess Margaret; her role as heiress presumptive; her engagement and marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh and as mother to her young family; her accession and coronation. We explore her duties from working with charities, attending the State Opening of Parliament and taking part in traditional ceremonies such as the Royal Maundy, the Trooping the Colour, the colourful Garter Ceremony and the Remembrance Day service. Her passion for horses is well known and this guide will look at this and the other country pursuits she enjoys in her rare ‘off-duty’ moments. Softback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MAY 2013. Throughout history, there has been no monarch like her. She is not merely the oldest sovereign this country has ever known, she is the most worldly. She has travelled further than all her predecessors put together. She has met more historic figures than anyone alive - from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle, Reagan and Obama. And today, Queen Elizabeth II is no more contemplating retirement than she was when she came to the throne in 1952. She sits at the head of a hereditary institution so often associated with rigid tradition. And yet, it is more dynamic now than ever. Having inherited a quasi-Edwardian institution nearly 60 years ago, the Queen presides over a monarchy which has managed to remain, simultaneously, popular, regal, inclusive and relevant in a 21st-century world. She has done this so effectively that she is, beyond doubt, the most respected and popular figure in British public life. As she reaches a defining moment of her reign - her Diamond Jubilee - Robert Hardman explores the secrets of the Queen's success to produce a fascinating new portrait of a sovereign who has witnessed more change than any since the creation of Great Britain. Paperback.
Written by ITN Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart, this beautifully illustrated book looks at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marks her Diamond Jubilee, only the second British monarch to reach this anniversary. Unique in containing some 15 replica documents, many of which are from the Royal Archives, this fascinating book looks at how the Queen's reign has seen some of the most remarkable events in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, while also maintaining traditions that link the United Kingdom of today with a history that stretches back more than a thousand years. From royal tours to state visits, and from day-to-day engagements to notable family events and grand occasions. Padded cover, presented in a slipcase.
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Ingrid Seward's latest book not only celebrates the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn but also looks back at the childhoods of four royal generations. Hardback.
Ingrid Seward's latest book not only celebrates the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn but also looks back at the childhoods of four royal generations. ORDER NOW AND GET KENT GAVIN'S 'MY ROYAL APPOINTMENTS' FOR HALF SHOWN PRICE. Hardback.
Kent Gavin began photographing the Queen and other members of the royal family in the 1960s; since then his work has taken him all over the United Kingdom and around the world. He became Chief Photographer at the Daily Mirror and won many awards during his illustrious career. In this glossy compilation of his favourite photographs Kent talks about some of the events that he attended and the royal friendships that he made along the way.
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