The Crown Chronicles has a dedicated team to bring you news, history and explanations regarding the Royal Family today, and from years gone by. Meet the team!
Fancy joining us? We’re open to new recruits! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Howard– founder and editor
Having always had a passion for history, my fascination with the Royal Family began with that wedding in 2011. Following my step into the royal-sphere, I became an advocate for Constitutional Monarchy, the Royal Family’s incredible work, and the British Monarchist Society & Foundation’s spokesperson.
I have continued to focus upon my penchant the Early Modern era (c1450-1830) with a masters degree in the subject at the University of York; I very much enjoy social history and especially women’s history.
My bookshelves are almost as full as my wardrobe, but there is always room for more, whether that be the newest biography of a figure from the Tudor court, or a piece inspired by any of the royal ladies and their elegant style.
Daniel Devane – deputy editor:(joined August 2016)
I currently study Politics with International Relations at Aston University. I am very interested in current affairs and have a passion for our Monarchy and British history. World War II is a very interesting area of study for me.
I strongly believe that the United Kingdom benefits from Constitutional Monarchy, to protect the unwritten constitution that we have. I would class myself as a traditional person and I enjoy reading historical books. Furthermore, I enjoy flying as aviation is another passion of mine. I also enjoy travel, especially spending time in quintessential English villages.
Olivia Moran – assistant editor: (joined June 2017)
Having grown up with a grandmother who has a display of china plates depicting the Royal Family, it was inevitable that I would end up a Royalist. After the Cambridges’ fairytale wedding, the first time I had ever seen such pageantry and pomp, I was hooked!
I’m a keen reader, with my books of choice being any historical fiction I can find. My main interest lies in the Tudor period, particularly Henry VIII, with the drama that ensued as he hopped from bride to bride.
I currently study International Business Management and Spanish at Heriot Watt University, which has also led to a keen interest in the Spanish Monarchy, especially the glamorous Queen Letizia.
I have always been a Royalist, actively promoting monarchies around the world from a young age. My passion and support for the British Royal Family was cemented during my undergraduate degree in International Politics & Military History, during which I studied the consequences of states lacking the stability that monarchies bring.
My MA in Politics & International Relations of the Middle East, and an internship in the Overseas Territories Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, secured in my mind the importance of our Royal Family for strengthening Britain’s relationship with the outside world – particularly with her Territories and Crown Dependencies.
Writing about the Royals has stemmed from my lifelong passion for British History. Periods of particular interest to me are the Tudors and from the reign of Queen Victoria, through the two World Wars, to the middle of the 20th century. For me, these eras in particular helped define Great Britain as a nation, both at home and internationally.
I am an ardent Royalist and supporter of our armed forces who, well into the 21st century, are still defining the tone for our great nation, and are as important and relevant to us now as they ever have been.
Ilana Cohen – reporter: (joined April 2018)
In my study, I have a bookshelf specifically dedicated to books on the Royal Family – much to my husband’s dismay! My interest in Royalty began with A-Level History when studying the fall of the Romanovs, and the impact that had on Europe at the time.
Having studied International Relations to Masters level, and currently studying the GDL at the University of Law, I understand the importance of Monarchy on the global stage. The constitutional areas of law have given me a passion to pursue my interest in the Monarchy further, including the relationship between the Monarch and Government, European history and the Royal Family tree.
Dianne Dunn – reporter: (joined April 2018)
My obsession with all things British began with the glorious wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. I have become quite the Royalist since then and spend my free time indulging in historical non-fiction, pertaining especially to the Tudor period as well as the current monarchy.
I studied English and Sociology at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis on British literature. The novels of Jane Austen are particular favourites of mine and transport me back to a period in history that I have come to truly love. A perfect day for me would also include an exhibition on royal gowns as well as a stroll around any castle that I could find!
I have been married for 23 years and have two daughters. I am hoping that my love for all things royal and British has rubbed off on them!
The History team:
[Victoria also writes history articles as an early modern historian]
My name is Bethanie and I am an avid history geek (have been since a child). I am a full time Speech and Language Therapist but will never turn down an opportunity to learn about history in my free time. My favourite era in history is the Tudors because it’s so dramatic and still has such an impact on our lives today, for example, the Church of England, beautiful architecture and the evolution of laws.
One of my favourite days out would be at a history museum and I hope I can help with other people’s journeys to discover as much history as possible.
Thom Hall (joined April 2018)
Almost since I learned to read I’ve been obsessed with history, in particular the history of Royalty. Foremost of course being our own Royal Family and the reigns which lead up to our own Queen Elizabeth. I’ve managed to amass an enormous collection of royal literature and spent longer than I like to admit inside the various royal palaces and castles; so writing about it all seemed a logical step!
I had an opportunity to focus on history more widely at the University of Aberystwyth where I studied international history and politics, and I have continued to study world history and the impact monarchs have had on shaping the world we live in. While I enjoy all areas of British history I have a particular interest in the Saxon and Medieval period, as well as the imperial period later.
In my spare time I enjoy archaeology and exploring new cities and places, hopefully with the added bonus of discovering some new history!
Nicholas Fuqua (joined April 2018)
My first ‘royal’ memory was watching the wedding of Prince Andrew to Fergie (the original one!) in 1987 whilst I was growing up in Virginia in America. I was hooked! I subsequently wrote ‘fan’ letters to H.M the Queen and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and to my astonishment I received replies! I began avidly reading magazines like Royalty Monthly and Majesty, and as many books as I could on the royal family and its history, especially about their homes and palaces.
In the summer of 1994 I took my first trip to London and toured Buckingham Palace (I still have the commemorative mug I bought in the gift shop, a collection of which has steadily grown over the years!) So, it was perhaps inevitable that I would end up living in Britain one day.
I am currently completing a PhD in history at the University of Liverpool. My interest is in architectural history and the expression of monarchy through art and design.