Coronation talks

Join us as we look back at the lives of past royals during our ‘Royalty on Record’ season – right back to the medieval era of Richard III. Our experts will take you to the coronations of major royal figures, explaining the importance of the ceremony, the lavishness of the day, and providing contemporary discourse. Plus, Tracy Borman – author, Tudor historian, broadcaster and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces – will be exploring 1,000 years of the British monarchy in her talk, ‘Crown & Sceptre: A new history of the British Monarchy’.

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Crowning King and Restoration: Charles II’s coronation, 1661

Uncover the history of Charles II’s coronation. It was not just a lavish ceremony but also a deeply political event; it was a powerful moment for the king to demonstrate his authority.

Friday 27 May at 14:00

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Crown & Sceptre: A new history of the British Monarchy

Inspired by Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Tracy Borman explores the tumultuous history of the British monarchy.

Friday 10 June at 14:00

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Power and pageantry: The coronation of King Richard III and Queen Anne

Hear how the summer of 1483 was a spectacular celebration of the power of medieval English monarchy.

Friday 17 June at 14:00

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A blackmailer at Frogmore: The adventures of Queen Caroline’s ghost

Uncover the gripping story of Thomas Ashe, author of ‘The Claustral Palace: or Memoirs of The Family’ – an unpublished Regency novel that threatened to cause a royal scandal.

Friday 1 July at 14:00

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