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
Like many of us, the Royal Family will gather together around a trimmed tree this Christmas and pause to reflect upon the passing year. The royals also celebrate the season, like many families, with traditions that have been passed down through the years. Let's take a look at some of the Royal traditions at Christmas: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, also known as Queen … [Read more...] about Your Guide to Royal Family Christmas Traditions – What’s Christmas like In The British Royal Family?
British Prime Minister David Cameron announces that the 16 Commonwealth heads of government have agreed to end gender discrimination in succession to the UK throne. Report by Adam Sich. … [Read more...] about ROYAL SUCCESSION: Gender discrimination rules to change
One of the highlights for the Diamond Jubilee next June will be the Queen's Pageant on the Thames where hundreds of boats will be led down the thames in a ceremonial flotilla led by the Queen. The prospect of the even is so popular that it's been oversubscribed by 3 times! According to the Evening Standard: Organisers have been overwhelmed by the level of interest, with … [Read more...] about Diamond Jubilee: Queen’s Pageant on the Thames Sells Out
Queen To Be Great-Grandmother, Round 2 The Palace has announced that a new member of the Windsor family will be born in March 2012. The Queen's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn are expecting their second child, the second grandchild for Princess Anne and second great-grandchild for the Queen and Prince Philip. Peter and Autumn already have a baby … [Read more...] about Royal Round Up 10-19-11: Great-Granny, Part Deux; Goodbye To Primogeniture; Wootton Bassett Is Royal
I'm not sure why British Prime Minister David Cameron is spending valuable political capital on this when it has a huge liklihood of failing - but he's going ahead with it none the less. Multiple outlets are now reporting that's he's written to the heads of the 15 Commonwealth countries that use the Queen as their Head of State to let them know that they want to change the … [Read more...] about British Government Begins Process to Change the Royal Line of Succession
Queen Elizabeth II honors Nashville man Dr. Ian Brick of Nashville, Tennessee, has been appointed an officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire. He visited England earlier this summer with his family for a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The honor was created during the First World War by King George V to honor those who served in non-combatant or … [Read more...] about Royal Round Up 8-23-11: Irish-American Honored By The Queen; Harry and The Cambridges Visit Riot Areas; Welsh Gold Found For Harry’s Bride
photo credit: gbrunett The Round Tower - which dominates the Windsor skyline - has re-opened to the public after a restoration. According to the Telegraph: Visitors to the landmark, which has dominated the Berkshire skyline for more than 800 years, will be able to walk up its 200 steps to the top of the structure. The doors of the tower closed to visitors in … [Read more...] about The Round Tower at Windsor Castle Re-opens to Tourists