This diamond and jade butterfly brooch in 18ct gold sold for  €1,500 through John Weldon Auctioneers

Auction results Friday (April 15th), Sotheby’s, New York. An 18 in silver trophy in the shape of a shell (below), 141oz, presented to the winn(...)

Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter Princess Anne in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle. Photograph: Annie Leibovitz/AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, will spend her 90th birthday today much as she does every other day, unveiling a plaque, doing a w(...)

  The Kohinoor diamond, which once belonged to Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, weighs 105.6 carats and is part of the British crown jewels, stored in the tower of London. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

India has said it will make all possible efforts to get back the Kohinoor diamond from Britain despite comments by New Delhi’s solicitor general that (...)

It was a small ad in this very paper that lured Maura and George Tully out from Mount Merrion to Garden Cottage, one of several properties that form (...)

First World War propaganda poster

After all the Easter-adjusted centenary commemorations, it’s disconcerting to read The Irish Times of 100 years ago today and be reminded that the Ris(...)

 The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week I was asked whether I was British. It wasn’t a question. It was an accusation, levelled at me during a discussion on 1916, which I said was (...)

Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

Max Immelmann: one of the first two aviators to receive the highest German military award in the first World War

A daily notebook, Monday to Friday, recalling the events of the day 100 years ago leading to the Easter Rising, and a noticeboard for commemorations t(...)

Marzipan is another Christmas tradition and, though not exclusively a German speciality, the queen of marzipan hails from the northern city of Lübeck

“Yes, Virginia, ” to quote the famous New York Sun editorial to a doubtful eight-year-old in 1897, “there is a Santa Claus” – one of the chapters that(...)

Kate Middleton on her wedding day. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

I’m in Limerick for a one-off event to mark its extraordinary history of lacemaking. Members of the public have been invited to bring in their anti(...)