Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley
Today, few people’s clothes attract as much attention as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day Hello magazine-inspired obsession. As Dr Lucy Worsley reveals, it has always been this way. Exploring the royal wardrobes of our kings and queens over the last 400 years, Lucy shows this isn’t just a public preoccupation, but our monarchs’ as well. From Elizabeth I to our present queen, Lucy believes that the royal wardrobe’s significance goes way beyond the cut and colour of the clothing and that royal fashion is and has always been regarded as their personal statement to their people. So most monarchs have carefully choreographed every aspect of their wardrobe and, for those who have not, there have sometimes been calamitous consequences.
The series gives an in-dept look at some of the famous houses in all of the England, and is mixed with a little bit of royal history. Enjoy!
Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana’s son, Prince William.
It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.”
Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a life of luxury and indolence for a wealthy few supported by the labor of hundreds of servants toiling ceaselessly “below stairs” to make the lives of their lords and ladies run as smoothly as possible. It is a world that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume drama.
In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained by Duchess Louisa, one of Britain’s foremost political hostesses.
Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens.
Learn how William and Mary demolished half of the Tudor palace to replace it with an exquisite baroque structure, making Hampton Court one of the most unusual palaces in the world. Go beneath the brick and stone of this true pleasure palace and now thriving tourist location to uncover an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive.
The Theory Of Everything actress has read Peter Morgan’s script in a special reading but it’s not known if she’ll go on to play Her Majesty
Felicity Jones has portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth in a special reading of early scripts for the phenomenal, 60-hour Netflix drama The Crown, which spans Her Majesty’s reign.
Plans are also underway for ‘the largest television undertaking in the history of broadcasting’ - at around £100 million - to shoot two seasons and a further four with different actresses as the Queen.
The 30-year-old joined a cast of 25 actors in London - including Eileen Atkins, Juliet Stevenson, Kika Markham, Alex Jennings, David Calder, Paul Ritter and James D’Arcy - to read from the first five episodes of the mammoth series, penned by Peter Morgan.
Morgan also wrote Oscar-winning film The Queen and stage hit The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren as the sovereign.
Thanks Eric for the submission!
The many faces of Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the Men’s Cycling Race, at the Chris Hoy Velodrome in the Emirates Arena. She was cheering for the English team which came second.
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Did you know?
King James VI of Scotland and James I of the United Kingdom and Ireland was most likely bisexual or a homosexual. It is very ironic considering that the most popular version of the Bible, the holy book of Christianity is a version named after the king!
They’ve got the same cheeks
Footage from the exhibition titled, Royal Childhood, which looks at the childhood of various members of the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. Here we see some footage from the childhood of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The exhibit is from July 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014.
Footage from the exhibition titled, Royal Childhood, which looks at the childhood of various members of the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. Here we see some footage from the childhood of Queen Elizabeth. The exhibit is from July 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014.
"One must know to never wear the same color as the Queen. Or to wear a hat that obstructs a view."
The Queen looking less than thrilled with her Lady-In-Waiting’s hat choices at the Commonwealth Games. The Queen was there to watch the men’s 50m and women’s 100m butterfly heats.
a bit overplayed but it seems fitting!
Queen Elizabeth II photo bombing during a selfie of two members of the Australian women’s hockey team. The Queen was visiting the Glasgow Hockey Centre on day one of the Commonwealth Games.
such a cute family picture