Category Monarchy

The Actions of a King many years ago

It was on Thursday 27th May 1199 at Westminster Abbey that John was crowned King of a kingdom that stretched from Berwick in the north to Bordeaux in the south – the great Angevin Empire. The youngest of the eight children of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine John had been last in the […]

The King has gone – God Save the King

Wednesday 12th May 1937 saw the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This was the day that had originally been chosen for the coronation of Edward VIII, before he abdicated. As a result the whole thing appears to have been quite a shambles behind the scenes. All the planned images of ‘King Edward […]

The details are falling into place

The Daily Mail of Friday 8th February 1952 reported that the now Queen Elizabeth II returned to Clarence House at 17.10 yesterday, Thursday 7th February, and immediately approved arrangements for the King’s funeral.  Just over two hours later the following was issued by the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk: ‘The Earl Marshal announces that […]

Two Kings and a Queen

It was on Wednesday, 19th January 1831 that Charles Greville, considered by many to be the greatest English diarist after Pepys, began musing about the health of England’s King who was also the King of Handover. King William IV had become England’s King on 26th June 1830 following the death of his elder brother King […]

The King and Mrs Simpson

It was Tuesday 27th October 1939 that Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American socialite, received divorce papers ending her marriage to Ernest Simpson. This was part of a chain of events that changed the course of history in Great Britain. Wallis Simpson was having an affair with King Edward VIII and the relationship made him very […]

King Henry’s last wife

We all know that Henry VIII had many wives – 6 in total – but we rarely remember that 3 of them were named Catherine.  Catherine of Aragon came first [marriage annulled] and was followed by Anne [annulled & beheaded].  Jane was his third wife who died 12 days after giving birth to the future […]

The last battle on English soil

It was on Friday 6th July 1685 that the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought at Westonzoyland near Bridgewater in Somerset. It was the last battle to take place on English soil. On one side of the conflict was James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth – on the other were troops loyal to King James II […]