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The Imperial State Crown arrives for the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021.

5 Objects Used in British Royal Ceremonies and Their Symbolism

When it comes to royal succession, ceremony is sacred. And for the British monarchy, a key element of ceremony are objects that have become imbued with symbolism over the centuries. During Queen Elizabeth II's funeral and King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, ...read more

West Point (No. 16 of The Hudson River Portfolio), 1825. Artist John Hill. (Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)

West Point’s Critical Role in the American Revolution

Decades before the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the strategic plateau on the banks of New York’s Hudson River played a crucial part in the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Both British and Patriot forces understood the Hudson’s vital ...read more

Illustrated bookplate of Hessian soldiers in their 1784 uniforms. Printed in the book, "Armée Hessoise" by JH Carl & JC Muller in 1805. Artist J.H. Carl, 1784.

Why Germans Fought in the Revolutionary War—for the British

Thomas Jefferson, writing the list of 27 grievances against King George III included in the Declaration of Independence, didn’t hold back when talking about Britain’s decision to dispatch foreign troops to fight in the American colonies. “He is at this time transporting large ...read more