Did Queen Victoria’s Princess Louise give birth to an illegitimate baby?

Art historian Lucinda Hawksley believes there is "more than circumstantial" evidence that Princess Louise, the sixth child of Queen Victoria, may have given birth to an illegitimate baby in her late teens.


Princess Louise, the sixth child of Queen Victoria, may have given birth to an illegitimate baby in her late teens. That is according to art historian and author of The Mystery of Princess Louise, Lucinda Hawksley, who told the Today programme she believes the evidence to be “more than circumstantial”, and that the father of the child was a man called Walter Stirling.


Richard III reburial battle ‘could drag on until August’

A legal fight over where the remains of Richard III should be reinterred may not be resolved until next summer, according to the lawyer representing a group of the king’s distant relatives who are campaigning to see him reburied in York. A judicial review, which was due to take place on Tuesday, was adjourned after the court agreed to allow Leicester City Council to make representations as a party.

Builder discovers 16th-century gold

A builder has stumbled upon a pot containing precious 16th-century gold and silver coins. While renovating his father’s house, on Lindisfarne, 38-year-old Richard Mason discovered a dirty-looking jug. The coins found inside come from all over Europe, and one of them was found to be a gold scudo – a coin made in Italy in the 1500s.

How America’s ‘Mad Men’ fooled British viewers

Britons watching what they thought were quintessentially British television adverts in the 1950s and 60s were, unbeknownst to them, viewing American-style content. That is according to Professor Sean Nixon from the University of Essex, whose research documents an unseen “American invasion” in British advertising.


Could Franz Ferdinand Welbeck gun accident have halted WWI?

A hunting accident in Nottinghamshire might have delayed – or even prevented – the First Wold War, a historian has said. Dr Nick Hayes, from Nottingham Trent University, told BBC News that just months before Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s death in 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire narrowly avoided being killed in a freak accident. “I have often wondered whether the Great War might not have been averted, or at least postponed, had the archduke met his death then and not at Sarajevo the following year,” said Hayes.