Conference 2015

The AHRC-funded project “Heirs to the Throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of 19th-Century Europe” organised its second conference “Winning their Trust and Affection”: Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in 19th-Century Europe at the University of St Andrews, Parliament Hall, 27-29 August 2015.

The conference was dedicated to an exploration of the uses of different forms of soft power made by the heirs to the throne in Europe’s monarchies between the French Revolution and the First World War. We were keen to learn more about how these activities and strategies were conceived, designed and implemented; whether they were successful; and how they contributed to a transformation of the nature and perception of monarchy in the course of the century. The proceedings will be published within the series ‘Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy’.



Read the Conference report.

Read the programme (PDF).

Read the Call for Papers (PDF).

We would like to thank all speakers, delegates and everyone who joined in and contributed to this fantastic workshop. Our special thanks go to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal Historical Society for their generous support of our conference.




Contact: Heidi Mehrkens (hm64[at]