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Dr Matthew Glencross

Dr Matthew Glencross

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ICBH



Matthew did his PhD with ICBH, completed in 2013, on ‘The influence of Royal tours on the conduct of British diplomacy 1901-1918.’ He has since published the monograph The Royal Tours of Edward VII: Reinventing Royal Diplomacy for the Twentieth Century and the edited collections The Windsor Dynasty: Long to Reign Over us? and Monarchies at War 1914-1918 which are included in the Palgrave Modern Monarchies series. Matthew has also organised two conferences on the role of monarchy in the twentieth century.

Matthew is a regular contributor to both television and radio having appeared on BBC News at 6, France24 and the Australian Broadcasting Company to discuss the role of the British Royal Family. He also appeared as an expert on the BBC One Documentary ‘Cue the Queen’ for which he acted as an historical advisor. He is a regular contributor to History & Policy with one of his pieces on the History of the Christmas Speech being featured on the No10 Downing Street website. He is a founding member of ‘The Network for the study of Modern Monarchy’ based at King’s College London.

Research Interests

Matthew is interested in 19th and 20th century royal history particularly the impact of the British royal family on international diplomacy and politics.  He is also interested more broadly in the role of elites and individuals within international diplomacy. His current research investigates the role of the contemporary state visit and the constitutional function of the royal prerogative in British politics.

History & Policy Papers

Eighty Years on - The First Christmas Speech

Edward VII: A role model for Charles 

What’s in a Name? Naming baby Cambridge

The Image of a modern monarchy, Past and Present

All Aboard! The Return of the Royal Yacht

Podcasts (click to open a new page with the podcast):

'Tracing the history of the royal Christmas speech'

Grandpa England’ The Life of King George V

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