The Queen’s top hats, this one designed by Angela Kelly and worn at the 2011 Royal Wedding, are her greatest invention.
The hat is an example par excellence of aristocratic excess, the equivalent of a peacock's tail in seducing the Queen's subjects.
The Sex Pistols perform in Memphis, Tennessee during their 1978 American tour.
Banned from the BBC, denied its rightful place on the charts, 'God Save the Queen' – released 40 years ago this month – remains one of the most controversial protest songs of all time.
Queen Elizabeth II meets with Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans at the Australian War Memorial in 2011.
As Australians once found spiritual communion through allegiance to the British monarch, they find similar virtues in Anzac today. Can the republican movement connect with a large enough number of people in a similar way?
And so it ends…
It has been meticulously planned for ... but the end of the Elizabethan Age will throw up plenty of surprises.
There's no middle ground when it comes to a president like this.
Paul Keating put the idea of a new flag, shorn of any traces of the Union Jack, on the political agenda.
By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
Netflix’s most ambitious and expensive original drama is historical fiction at its most lavish.
Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
Dublin, April 24, 2016.
For 100 years, the Easter Rising has occupied center stage in the memory making of republican Ireland. But the role of Irish soldiers in World War I had been all but forgotten -- until now.
Britain's longest-reigning monarch has seen a big rise in life expectancy since her birth in 1926.
It's a demanding job, but all indicators suggest that the Queen is still up to it.
The British monarchy is in good shape. Here's how to make sure it stays that way.
It's not the first time there's been an uproar about a national anthem but why does it matter so much?
Best for business.
Having a Queen is a distinct business advantage, particularly due to reverence for the monarchy in new and emerging markets like China.
Their Royal Heilnesses.
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Two decades ago, MI5's archives were surrounded by secrecy like that of the royal archives. There's a reason this has changed.
Queen Elizabeth will often wear a scarf with a triangular fold to shield her hair.
The most simple form of adornment – a single piece of cloth – can be a signifier of status and wealth.
Well that was a close call.
The monarch can return to London now the awkward prospect of a hung parliament has passed.
The retrospective nature of the changes to the rules of succession means it ultimately made no difference whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born was a boy or girl.
The Crown has become a little less discriminatory with changes to the rules of succession – and descendants of George II who failed to get permission to wed need no longer fear their marriage is void.
That one needs more galloping powder.
Exciting news from the world of horseracing: the Queen’s racehorse Estimate has tested positive for morphine. With the Lance Armstrong and Tyson Gay doping scandals fresh in their minds, reporters are…
Financial accountability? Transparency? Why look, there’s a plane…
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Royal finances have come under close scrutiny in recent days after the Public Accounts Committee told the royal household it must earn more and spend less – a bit like the rest of the country in an era…