Welcome!

Dr Ed Owens

Historian, royal commentator and author

About me

I am a historian of the modern British monarchy and an expert on the House of Windsor. I am the author of The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-1953. I commentate for the media on past and current royal events. Formerly a university lecturer in England, I now split my time between the UK and France where I continue to teach, research and write the history of the monarchy.

I am an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am also a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society (RHS) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

My other academic interests include the histories of mass media, empire, national identity, emotion and celebrity culture.

Media work

Television

I have worked with some of the best broadcasters in the world including CNN, BBC, Channel 4 (UK), Channel 5 (UK), CTV (CAN) and Channel 9 (AUS).

Historical documentaries that I have appeared in have been screened on Netflix and various other streaming services.

You can watch my showreels here.

Radio

My radio credits include BBC Radio 4, 5 Live, BBC Wales, LBC and Talk Radio.

I have also contributed many interviews to local radio including to KTRS, BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Manchester.

Print

I have written for a number of online and print publications including the BBC History Magazine, History Extra, Talking Humanities, History Matters and On History.

You can read my most recent articles in my Royal blog.

My research on the royal family has also been widely disseminated online and in print around the world, including by the New York Times, the Associated Press, RND, the Independent, and Oprah Magazine.

Praise for

The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-1953

The book [is] beautifully written and packed full of quotable phrases. It is encouraging to see that the subject of the modern monarchy is attracting as talented an early-career scholar as Owens.”

Prof. Philip Murphy, Contemporary British History 2021

“This book is valuable for understandings of the twentieth-century British monarchy… Owens’s research is impressively resourceful and wide, and his interpretation is appropriately rich.”

Prof. Philip Williamson, English Historical Review, 2021.

“The royal family, famous for its inscrutability, has more than met its match in this resourceful young historian.

Prof. Arianne Chernock, Reviews in History 2020

“A vibrant and welcome study of the monarchy’s early interaction with the mass media… an important insight into how British royalty has been adept at making itself a powerful, popular, and frequently uncontested presence.”

Dr Christopher Shoop-Worrall, Twentieth-Century British History, 2020.

“Owens’s account of the way the British royal family recast its image in the first half of the twentieth century adds a great deal of detail and context to a narrative that continues to resonate in the twenty-first century. In some ways, it feels like a prequel to the Netflix fiction series The Crown… with its later chapters on the Queen’s marriage and coronation providing a meticulous examination of the challenges confronting the monarchy in the post-war period.”

Dr Kelly Boyd, Cultural and Social History, 2021.

Royal blog and research updates

Get in touch

If you are looking for someone to interview about current or past royal events then please get in touch.

I am also here to help if you are looking for expert consultancy to guide your project on the history of the British monarchy.

I look forward to hearing from you.