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The Monarchy

The Queen and her Prime Ministers

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By Dr Michelle Clement, Researcher in Residence at No.10 Downing Street Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this week. Festivities will be held across the country to mark the Queen’s incredible …

The death of Edward the Confessor and the conflicting claims to the English Crown

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Bayeux Tapestry, Scene 1: King Edward the Confessor and Harold Godwinson at Winchester

Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, died on 5 January 1066 – 950 years ago. The Confessor’s modern-day reputation (shaped by medieval monks writing after his death) is that of a gentle and peaceable man. Yet his …