Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex departs after attending the Commonwealth day observance service at Westminster Abbey on March 10, 2014 in London, England.
Prince Harry visit the River and Rowing Museum on March 10, 2014 in Henley on Thames, England. Prince Harry will met the Row to Recovery crew of wounded ex-servicemen who successfully rowed across the Atlantic in 2013. The Endeavour Fund, created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has supported Row to Recoverys legacy project to improve access to rowing facilities to aid recovery of wounded ex-servicemen and women.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and the Sophie, Countess of Wessex during an official visit on the Earl’s 50th Birthday to Robert Browning Primary School in Walworth to see the work of youth charity Kidscape, recipients of grants from the Wessex Youth Trust, on March 10, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.
The Tower of London is England’s most formidable royal fortress, standing guard on the banks of the great River Thames. It is home to a thousand years of bloody history and is one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks. At almost every chapter in London’s history, ‘the Tower’ has had a starring role. Built by William the Conquer as part of the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century, it was designed to dominate London’s skyline. The ancient fortifications are set in grounds the same size as those of the White House, but this is far more than just a castle, protecting London from her enemies.
“I wish I had some of the talents of the Duke of Edinburgh. To my mind he is one of the finest public speakers in the world. I sometimes suspect I don’t impress some members of the Royal Family very much—not that I blame them. I’m a late developer.”
- Prince William of Gloucester in his last interview with Audrey Whiting
The early years of the twentieth century rank among the most peaceful in European history. In Britain’s grand homes it was a time of glamour, high society, and unfettered optimism. The British aristocracy enjoyed life on vast estates as they had done for centuries. Retinues of servants, beautiful houses, and fabulous costumes: the parties were extravagant, the scandal was infamous. It’s no surprise that some of the most popular dramas to hit our screens have been set against this rich and colorful backdrop. In reality, however, the picture was less than golden; the historic order was starting to crumble. With World War One looming, and new technology, money, and ideas coming over from America, the British aristocracy were being threatened by deepening undercurrents of change as the nation stood at the brink of an upheaval so monumental that few could imagine it. Nowhere was this threat of change felt more acutely than within the confines of the British Manor House.
Queen Elizabeth II visit The Reed’s School on March 6, 2014 in Cobham, England. The school was originally founded in 1813 in the east end of London, as the London Orphan Asylum. The Queen who is Patron of the school is visiting to help celebrate its bicentenary.