Category Monarchy

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 […]

It happened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

It was during the playing of the national anthem at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on the evening of Thursday 15th May 1800 that James Hadfield fired a pistol at King George III who was standing in the royal box.  Hadfield missed and was grabbed at once by the guards. He immediately claimed that he had fired over the king’s […]

Britain has a new King

This day – Wednesday May 12th 1937 – saw the coronation at Westminster Abbey of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor and Empress of India. King George was ascending to the throne following the abdication of his […]

Now we can all visit Buckingham Palace

It was on Thursday 29th April 1993 that Elizabeth, Queen of England, announced that Buckingham Palace would open its doors that summer and that the public en-mass would be allowed inside for an entrance fee of £8 per person. However, much of the Palace – including the Queen’s private apartments – would remain closed and […]