Victoria Howard is a familiar face and voice on TV and radio, not only in the UK, but across the globe. The Royal Expert acts as a commentator and ‘talking head’ on all matters relating to the British Royal Family and royal history.
Ms Howard began to take an interest in the Royal Family and their work following the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, noticing the intricate weave of the historic and the modern within the wedding, and the family itself.
Taking note of the way they worked, and how the Monarchy played a role in modern British life, Victoria began to write for a royal news site in 2012 and document their public engagements; The Crown Chronicles, under the London Reign brand, launched in 2015.
She is based in East London.
Quick Facts about the Royal Expert
London Reign Communications
The Crown Chronicles was founded in 2015, after Ms Howard left her position as Deputy Editor for another royal site, having helped them achieve their first media appearances and grow their reader base.
Part of her role at TCC means Victoria regularly attends royal engagements and press previews of new royal and historic exhibitions and displays, writing about the importance of these artefacts and reviewing the experience for TCC readers. This includes working with organisations such as Historic Royal Palaces, and the Royal Collection Trust.
Victoria, the historian
With an MA in Early Modern History from the University of York, Ms Howard is ideally placed to talk about historic events, themes and figures, and contextualise current royal affairs.
Her dissertation focussed specifically on the presentation of royal power through ritual, architecture and art during the Restoration and reign of Charles II, under the supervision of Professor Laura Stewart. However, Victoria also has a passion for wider seventeenth and eighteenth century social history.
By 2017, Victoria had undertaken two cruises with Royal Caribbean’s entertainment team aboard the Independence of the Seas, giving talks on various royal and historical topics for guests. These included ‘Henry VIII: Man or Monster?’, ‘Women behind the Crown – influential mothers and wives of Monarchs’, and ‘Hampton Court: a history’. Victoria received glowing reviews from passengers and the team.
The Royal Expert is therefore available to assist production teams with historical research.
In the media
Victoria has over a dozen documentary credits, contributing to various productions across a plethora of projects, in particular for ITN/Channel 5.
This work includes the lighter side of royal life, including fashion and travel, as well as biographical pieces like those of Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, and the history of royal residences.
She is also called on regularly by British and international broadcasters to comment on and contextualise recent royal affairs for the likes of Sky, the BBC, Channel 5, MSNBC (USA), and ABC (Australia).
See more of Victoria’s work and her latest appearances here.
Outside of palace walls…
When not researching for another article, or proofing The Crown Chronicles team’s work, Victoria enjoys exploring the historical corners of London, museums and stately homes, reading, and yoga.
Victoria is also a German speaker, and works for a global strategic communications agency as a digital specialist.