First of all, a caveat: the clothes we see in 16th-century portraits aren't fashion. At least, not to our eyes. They're court costume – emphasis on the costume. It's difficult to reconcile the lavishly slashed, brocaded and jewel-bedecked gowns of lustrous Renaissance portraiture with our jeans-and-T-shirt culture, or even with the grander creations on the international catwalks.
Queen Elizabeth I
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Thursday 26 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
As a one-time golfing chum of Hugh Grant, the celebrated swordsman and saviour of celebrity privacy, I was naturally overjoyed to hear him phoning this very office to speak with our honoured guest, the Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon, during his broadcast from The Independent this week.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
The Queen took centre stage at Dublin's iconic Croke Park gaelic football and hurling stadium today in a historic new act of Anglo-Irish reconciliation.
Monday 02 May 2011
Sunday 01 May 2011
In enjoying the royal wedding, secretly or overtly, we were honouring a cornerstone of our national identity
Sunday 01 May 2011
Sunday 17 April 2011
It will "take some time" to change royal succession rules to allow a first-born daughter to take the throne, Prime Minister David Cameron cautioned today.
Thursday 17 March 2011
Alessandro Striggio's 1566 mass, performed by 40 choristers, sees voices, strings and brass meld into a jaw-dropping harmony.
Saturday 05 March 2011
The Queen is to pay a state visit to the Irish Republic this year, the first by a British monarch since independence in 1922, it was announced yesterday.
Monday 10 January 2011
The presence of the Queen's head on postage stamps is to be guaranteed by law after the Government struck a deal with Buckingham Palace.
Saturday 01 January 2011
It's pretty embarrassing to admit, but whenever I read the New Year Honours list, there's always a part of me that hopes that – due to a massive clerical cock-up – my name will somehow appear.
Friday 24 December 2010
The Queen's Christmas message to the nation will highlight the importance of sport as a medium that can help build communities and create harmony.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
Sunday 19 December 2010
A business minister said he was "extremely confident" the Queen's head would remain on postage stamps even if the Royal Mail was sold off to a foreign firm.
Friday 03 December 2010
The commanding officer of HMS Ark Royal said it was a "sad" day today as the aircraft carrier returned to its home port for the final time.
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