U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth II.
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The U.K. prime minister sought to suppress Parliamentary opponents, saying he – not they – represents the will of the British people. It put Queen Elizabeth II in a real bind.
No one is saying she has done a stellar job, but other prime ministers have made mistakes like May.
It's easy, now, to think of this as Theresa May's story – but Thatcher, Blair and Cameron all played their part.
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Lessons from the British 19th century protests over electoral reform about the significance of crowd sizes.
Sarah Churchill was an adroit investor and savvy political operative.
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While the film introduces viewers to women who were important political figures in British history, it doesn't quite capture just how much power and influence these women actually wielded.
The Famine Memorial in Dublin, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
The famine caused a million deaths and scarred the national psyche for generations. How do you even start to try and represent that in film literature, or art?
Sill from Peterloo.
As a left-wing rallying cry, this account of the 1819 massacre in Manchester fails to rouse the inner revolutionary.
What happens next?
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Once Britain slipped away from the Roman Empire in the early 5th century, signs of Roman life began to disappear.
You never know …
At least one second daughter of a second son of the British monarch has ended up on the throne in her own right.
Who’s that at the window?
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As Chequers places host to a crucial Brexit cabinet meeting, a look back at how British prime ministers repeatedly fell in love with their country home.
Notting Hill Carnival: set up in the wake of race riots.
What is the legacy of the Empire Windrush for black Britishness today?
The Home Office threw away landing documents that are now vital to people trying to prove their right to stay in the UK.
R.C. Sherriff's classic play focused on the officer class, but the recent film adaptation has given working-class soldiers a voice.
Women played and integral role in the year-long struggle – despite a culture that expected them to stay at home.
Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst: a family at war with itself.
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Sylvia Pankhurst's book is the dominant narrative of the time, but was she unfair to her sister Christabel?
Kelly Reilly as the Briton warrior Kerra in Britannia.
The new TV show Britannia dramatises the second Roman invasion of Britain. It captures the core elements of the story (despite inaccuracies) but recent archaeological finds offer thrilling insights into this time.
The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will set the scene for a year of challenges for this grouping of nations.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
Nine centuries after it was commissioned to celebrate the Norman Conquest, the famed tapestry is finally going to visit England.
We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.