British monarchy: brush up on 1,000 years of history in 10 minutes

    British monarchy
    Read about Queen Victoria in our guide to The Hanoverians. Credit: VisitBritain/Daniel Bosworth

    Diana Wright takes you through the ups and downs of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to King Charles III in our gallop through history. Click or tap on the headlines for our quick guides

    British Monarchy from William the conqueror to King charles III
    The Normans, 1066-1154

    The Norman invasion led by William the Conqueror reshaped Britain – from the rise of castles to the French words that began to appear in the English language

    The Middle Ages, 1154-1485

    The Plantagenet era was a time of conflict, burnished by stories of Richard the Lionheart and victory at Agincourt in 1415 during the Hundred Years War

    The Tudors, 1485-1603

    The Tudor era covers the Renaissance and Henry VIII to the Golden Age and Elizabeth I – via Shakespeare and the Spanish Armada

    The Stuarts, 1603-1614

    The Stuart period witnessed the Great Plague, the Fire of London, religious and political upheaval, the English Civil Wars, a republic and the restoration of the Crown

    The Hanoverians, 1714-1901

    The British Empire reached its peak under foreign rule with four king Georges, William IV and Queen Victoria

    The Modern Era, 1901-2023

    Today’s British monarchy – with Queen Elizabeth II at the helm for 70 years until September 2022 – has adapted and reinvented itself through two world wars and social revolution. Her son, King Charles III will be crowned on 6 May 2023.

    Read everything you need to know about King Charles III’s coronation, here. 

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