Diana Wright takes you through the ups and downs of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II in our gallop through history. Click or tap on the headlines for our quick guides
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 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 Tudor era covers the Renaissance and Henry VIII to the Golden Age and Elizabeth I – via Shakespeare and the Spanish Armada
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 British Empire reached its peak under foreign rule with four king Georges, William IV and Queen Victoria
The Modern Era, 1901-2017
Today’s monarchy – with Queen Elizabeth II at the helm – has adapted and reinvented itself through two world wars and social revolution.