This event explores how the public role of royal women is defined by gender. How did Elizabeth I present herself as the 'mother' of England in the age of empire-building? How have Royal women in the modern era navigated their relationship with the state, media, and British public and what does this say about how gender plays a role in how women become embodiments of the nation state?
Speakers: Professor Kate Williams (TV Broadcaster, Historian, Royal Commentator) and Sue Prichard (Curator of Decorative Arts at Royal Museums Greenwich).
About the speakers
Professor Kate Williams is a historian and broadcaster. A specialist in modern history, royal and constitutional affairs, she's Professor of Modern History at Reading University.
She was the co presenter of BBC Two's RTS nominated Restoration Home and has presented and contributed to many historical shows on TV, including her BBC Two Young Victoria and recent BBC One show on VE Day and travel and talked on shows from The Great British Bake Off to the history of TV election coverage. To accompany the major BBC Two Drama, Versailles, Kate co-presented two series of Inside Versailles, delving deeper into the history of the french court. She is currently filming a new series, The Stuarts for UKTV and Netflix.
Kate is a NYT bestselling author of six historical books. Her biographies of Josephine Bonaparte are being made into a major TV series by Ecosse and her biography of Emma Hamilton is being made into a film. Kate's most recent book, Edge of the Fall, continues the trilogy about the De Witt family from 1914-1939.
Sue Prichard is Senior Curator Arts at Royal Museums Greenwich. She previously worked at Tate and the V&A, where she curated a number of critically acclaimed textile exhibitions and displays. She is known for her books Quilts 1700-2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories; V&A Pattern: The Fifties and Tibor Reich: Art of Colour and Texture. She writes and lectures regularly on mid-century fashion and textiles. Her research interests include histories of domesticity, craft and the politics of fashion.
Banner image: Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter, 1863, based on a work of 1838 © National Portrait Gallery, London as featured in our exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits (28 May – 31 October 2021).