Royal Trivia Nights
Gather a team of mates, grab a drink, and go head to head with other royal aficionados for a fun night of trivia. We'll crown the most clever team and also hand out prizes for best table decorations and best royals inspired outfit. You're sure to have a scandalously good time. $5 per person. Maximum of 5 people per team. Drinks and light fare not included. Space limited.
June 11, 6:00–8:00 pm
Theme: "Royal Scandals"
Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883.
Lecture: "The Royal Family and Ships of State: The Politics of Ocean Liner Design and Decoration"
June 20, 12:15–1:15 pm
Since the inception of ocean liners in the 19th century, the British royal family has frequently highlighted their potential to be floating examples of the nation's political might, technological advancement, and sophisticated design. As Great Britain dealt with industrialization, social change, and global conflicts, the design and decor of liners became symbolic of the British national sense of self and were just as carefully considered as the role, wardrobe, and regalia of the Monarchs themselves. Join maritime historian Christian Roden as he explores the history of these vessels and their close relationship to the kings and queens of England. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.
Create-Your-Own Crown Jewels
August 14, 1:00–3:00 pm
Vintage styles adorning royals in The Crown inspire beaded jewelry with a contemporary twist. Representatives from The Bead Garden will teach you how to make baubles fit for a queen. Each class features a different project. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $45 per Member. $50 per nonmembers.
Lecture: "Fit for a Queen"
September 17, 6:00 pm
When a monarch changes there is not just a coronation, a great deal of additional work has to be done too. This lecture by Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), will look at some of the insignia, banners, flags, and other accouterments the RSN had to change or create for new ceremonial duties. Dr. Kay-Williams will share the range of RSN clients and their requirements as well as give insight into public life in 1950s Britain. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.
Lecture: "Celebrating a Reign: Royal Gifts and Souvenirs"
September 18, 12:15 pm
This lecture by Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), will feature gifts the RSN has made for Her Majesty The Queen, who, with her family, was a Royal School of Needlework patron from 2002 to 2016. It will also feature the embroideries created for stitchers to work to celebrate some of the births, marriages, jubilees, and anniversaries. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.
Lecture: "The British Crown Jewels: Triumph & Tragedy"
October 1, 6:00 pm
They stand alone, above all others: the British Crown Jewels. Spanning centuries and offering bling on an unrivaled scale, they tell the story in gold and gems of the rise and fall of dynasties, of beheadings and coronations, all wrapped up with unparalleled magnificence. This lecture by Curt DiCamillo, curator for Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, will reveal the Crown Jewels in all their glittering splendor, from the enormous Black Prince’s Ruby (really a 170-carat red spinel) in the famous Imperial State Crown to the gold- and gem-encrusted castle that is the Salt of State. The Crown Jewels offer more than just an endless sea of gold dotted with thousands of emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. What brings them alive are the stories of people who possessed these priceless jewels: the kings and queens of England. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.