Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History (2013)

Presenter Lucy Worsley standing in front of statues

Lucy Worsley Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History © BBC Silver River TV

Production Companies: BBC, Silver River Productions

Kent Locations:  Ramsgate, Albion House

Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History is a new three part BBC Two series presented by Lucy Worsley and explores how illnesses of our present and past royal families have changed the history of the nation.

In the third episode, entitled “Happy Families: Hanoverians to Windsors”, presenter and historian Lucy Worsley investigates the interesting medical history of our more recent monarchs. The team visited Ramsgate Beach, and Albion House to look at their connections with previous royal families.

Albion House is a Grade II-listed property in Ramsgate and was built in 1789. The building has a rich royal heritage and was used as a holiday home by the Duchess of Kent and in the 19th century, Princess Victoria . The building is currently empty.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which boasts visually stunning Victorian architecture and is home to the only “Royal” Harbour in the country.  The area has been used as a filming location for productions such as True Love (2012), Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012) and Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010).

Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History “Happy Families: Hanoverians to Windsors” will be shown on BBC Two on Monday 22nd April 2013 at 21:00.


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