The governing body for the Highland games has added the prefix “royal” to its title after the name change was approved by the Queen, organisers said. The Scottish Highland Games Association is now to be known as the Royal Scottish Highland Games Association (RSHGA), in a move which “recognises a thousand years of tradition”, said chairman Iain Watt. The Prince of Wales – or … [Read more...] about Highland games body gets ‘royal’ prefix after Queen’s approval
Perhaps the most famous holiday home in the United Kingdom, Balmoral Castle is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth and has been a royal residence since the Victorian period. It was originally purchased by Prince Albert from the Farquharson family and greatly expanded to meet the needs of Albert and Victoria’s own expanding family. The castle is a gorgeous building that is a Class A … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts about Balmoral Castle in Scotland
The Queen has received her official birthday gift from the nation’s armed forces – a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honor. Windsor Castle was the setting for the spectacle dubbed a mini Trooping the Colour, featuring soldiers who have supported communities and the NHS during the pandemic or served overseas on military operations. From her dais, the Queen watched the … [Read more...] about Special Scaled Down Trooping the Colour in Windsor Marks Queen’s 95th Birthday
The Queen's 95th Birthday Honours list has been released. Many stars, public servants, charity workers, etc., have been awards honours personally by HM The Queen. Obviously, Covid-19 has been a focus of the list this year. The life-saving work of Covid-19 vaccine design and delivery is celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with a host of awards going to the experts … [Read more...] about Queen’s 95th Birthday Honours List Announced – Stars, Public Servants, Charity Workers and More Awarded Honours
The Queen is to carry out her first major public ceremonial duty since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh when she attends a scaled back Covid-secure State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday, May 11th. Americans will usually be able to view the proceedings live on CSPAN, they will start at around 5 am CST/6 am EST. Philip, the nation’s longest reigning consort who died aged 99 … [Read more...] about State Opening of Parliament: Queen to carry out first major ceremonial royal duty since Prince Philip’s death
St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the resting place of 10 monarchs, and now the Duke of Edinburgh will join them when he is laid to rest on Saturday, April 17th. Steeped in history, the 15th-century gothic church, set in the Lower Ward of the Queen’s favorite residence, has seen many royal funerals and weddings over the centuries. Harry and Meghan in the Chapel … [Read more...] about A Look at St George’s Chapel – 15th century chapel at Windsor Castle steeped in Rroyal history
The Duke of Edinburgh has died. What happens next? There will be no lying in state and no state funeral for Philip, in accordance with his wishes. His ceremonial royal funeral and burial are expected to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at … [Read more...] about Death of the Duke of Edinburgh – What happens now? Funeral Details Revealed
Editor’s Note: The folks over at True Royalty TV, have asked us to share some highlights of what’s currently streaming on their wonderful service dedicated to all things Royal. With so many great documentaries on True Royalty TV, we thought we’d take the pain out of choosing and pick five goodies for you. From new releases to True Royalty exclusives to existing classics, here … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What to Watch This Month on True Royalty TV – Royal Babies, Britain’s Poshest Nannies, Will & Kate and More!
Editor's Note: The folks over at TrueRoyaltyTV, have asked us to share some highlights of what's currently streaming on their wonderful service dedicated to all things Royal. With so many great documentaries on True Royalty TV, we thought we’d take the pain out of choosing and pick five goodies for you. From new releases to True Royalty exclusives to existing classics, here … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What To Watch on True Royalty TV This Month – Queen’s Coronation in Colour, Queen Documentaries, Frogmore Cottage, Royal Press and More!
This report will be a bit different than my previous reports on Royal Oak Lectures. I will combine my summary of the event with my review of the book. As we’ve written about many times before, The Royal Oak Foundation holds a series of lectures every spring and autumn. They bring in a series of luminaries from Britain - usually ones who have new books out - and they lecture on … [Read more...] about An Evening With the Royal Oak: Behind the Throne With Adrian Tinniswood
As is tradition, here is the Queen's 2018 Christmas Message. Even here in America in this household, we stop for the Queen. Watch it below. Happy Christmas from everyone at Anglotopia! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv8kG31cSr4 … [Read more...] about British Christmas: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2018 – Video
So you’ve gotten a chance to meet Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, but you’re not sure what to do, eh? Okay, maybe you’re not that lucky but just curious anyway. Well, have no fear because we at Anglotopia have thought long and hard about this in the off-chance it should ever happen to us. Protocol is very important in any dealings with the Royal Family and while the … [Read more...] about Manners & Protocol – A Brief Guide to Meeting the Queen – What Should One Do?
When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and later married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840, few could have foreseen how much the United Kingdom would change. Under her reign, the British Empire would grow to span the entire globes. Social progress and scientific advancement would be shepherded as part of Albert’s contribution to the realm. The very face … [Read more...] about Queen Victoria – The Beginning of Modern Royal Traditions
Among the Royal residences, Balmoral Castle is a beautiful jewel. Nestled in the hills of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it’s dark gray stone, and ivy-covered walls offer a beautiful respite from Royal duties and the best opportunity for Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the family to enjoy the country’s natural beauty. It has been a home for the Royal Family since 1852, but its … [Read more...] about Great British Buildings – Balmoral Castle- The Queen’s Scottish Home
“Mawwiage. Mawwaige is what bwings us togethah today.” Unlike the wedding of Prince Humperdink to Princess Buttercup, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is going to be a much more traditional affair. While Harry and Meghan are introducing their own traditions such as the standing-only and “food bowls” affair rather than a sit-down reception, there are still … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Five Fascinating British Royal Wedding Traditions Through History
*Warning: Contains Opinions* Every time a major British royal event comes up, one of the main questions I usually get is a riff on the headline of this article: why do Americans care about the British Royal family? It’s a valid question. We pride ourselves on having fought our war of independence precisely not to have to care about the British Royal Family at all, yet every … [Read more...] about Why do Americans Care So Much About Royal Weddings and the British Royal Family?
During Medieval times, becoming a knight was a method of social mobility. Beginning as a page, then moving up to squire, and finally becoming a knight. The position was one that was granted for service to a monarch, almost always for military service. Knights became their own social class, though still divided between noble and non-noble knights, and developed their own code … [Read more...] about “I Dub Thee…” – How to Get A Knighthood in the Modern Era
Working for the Royal Family might be one of the most prestigious jobs you can have in the United Kingdom. However, while any occupation under Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, might be located in very upscale locations such as the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, some of these jobs may seem a little unusual to the average person. Even so, they can still be some of the … [Read more...] about The Royal Fiver – Five Odd Jobs Working for the Queen
We posted earlier this week about the Trooping the Colour ceremony which is always fun to watch for all the British pomp and ceremony. The problem, though, is that the event is almost two hours long so not a lot of people can sit through the whole thing. The British Army has posted an awesome time-lapse video that compresses the event into two minutes and you can definitely … [Read more...] about Video: Watch Amazing Time-lapse Video of the 2014 Trooping the Colour Ceremony
What do “I vow to thee, my country,” “Hope and Glory” (“Pomp and Circumstance” to Americans) and “Zadok the Priest” all have in common? No, they weren’t the playlist for my wedding two years ago, although I will admit to stealing some selections from another wedding, occurring a few months earlier (thanks, Will and Kate!). They are all famous anthems instantly … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Reviews: Music And Monarchy, with David Starkey by Acorn Media
In case you're curious as to what it takes to get the top job! Very interesting video. … [Read more...] about Video: How to Become the British Monarch
There was a special service today at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. The BBC provided full coverage but it happened in the middle of the night for most Americans. The Queen was in attendance along with most of the Royal Family. Helpfully someone has uploaded the whole thing onto YouTube so you can watch it here! Looks like it … [Read more...] about Video: Full Video of Today’s Coronation 60th Anniversary Service of HM Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey
The national anthem of the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a rich and mysterious history. It may be one of the most recognizable patriotic songs in the world, but it has been sadly neglected by many native Brits. According to a study performed by the Sun, 37% of Brits don’t know the first line of “God Save the Queen.” A true Anglophile should not only revere Britain’s … [Read more...] about Brit History: The Story of “God Save the Queen” – Understanding Britain’s National Anthem
Big changes are coming to the Monarchy in Britain. The British government, along with all the Commonwealth Realms, are rushing new legislation through that will remove gender discrimination in the line of succession. Previously, males are always the preferred sibling and they outrank woman, even if they're younger. That will soon become a relic of the past. It's a change … [Read more...] about Prince Charles Worried about new Royal Succession Changes
The BBC is reporting that the Royal Household is looking for a trainee butler. The role pays £15,000 a year (a pretty low wage for London, honestly, but imagine who your boss is!) for a 45-hour week, and could lead to a City & Guilds Diploma for Butlers. The official job description outlines the purpose of the role: "To provide the highest standards in the service of … [Read more...] about The Royal Household is Looking for a New Butler