Charles I

Born: 19th November 1600, Dunfermline Palace, Fife, Scotland Son of James VI of Scotland ( I of England 1603) and Anne of Denmark Married Henrietta Maria of France, 1625, Notre Dame, Paris Reigned: 27th March 1625 - 30 January 1649 Death: 30th January 1649, Whitehall, London. Burial: 9th Feb 1649, St George's Chapel Windsor The... Continue Reading →

St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew's Day has been celebrated in Scotland for centuries and more recently it has been marked as an official holiday on 30th November. According to the New Testament, Saint Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee and the brother of Saint Peter. They became the first of Jesus' disciples. Like Jesus, Andrew was martyr for... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I in her coronation robes, patterned with Tudor Roses, c. 1600. Born: 7th September 1533, Palace of Placentia, Greenwich Daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Reigned: 17th November 1558 - 24th March 1603 Died: 24th March 1603, Richmond Palace Surrey Buried: Westminster Abbey, 28th April 1603 Elizabeth I can be argued as the... Continue Reading →

Richard the Lionheart

Richard I Born: 8th September 1157, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, England Son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine Married: Berengaria of Navarre, 1191, Chapel of St. George at Limassol, Cyprus Reign: 1189-1199 Died: 6th April 1199, Châlus, Duchy of Aquitaine King Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart owing to his military prowess and success in... Continue Reading →

George of Denmark

Full name:  George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland Born: 2nd April 1653, Copenhagen Castle Son of  Frederick III of Denmark and Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg Married Queen Anne of Great Britain, 1683 Died: 28th October 1708, Kensington Palace Buried: 13th November 1708, Westminster Abbey George is not well known in British history, despite... Continue Reading →

William IV

  Full name: William Henry Born: 21st August 1765, Buckingham House (Now Buckingham Palace) Son of George III and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Married: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, 1818 Died: 20th June 1837, Windsor Castle Burial: St George's Chapel, Windsor, 8th July 1837 William was the third son of George III and therefore not expected to... Continue Reading →

Edward VIII

  Full name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (Prince of Wales 1911- 1936, King of England 1936, Duke of Windsor 1936 - 1972) Born: 23rd June 1894, White Lodge, Richmond Park Son of George V and Mary of Teck Married: Wallis Simpson (born Bessie Wallis Warfield) 1937 - his death Died: 28th May... Continue Reading →

Catherine of Braganza

Born: 25th November 1638, Palace of Vila Viçosa, Portugal Daughter of King John IV of Portugal and Luisa de Guzmán Married: King Charles II, 21st May 1662, Portsmouth Died: 31st December 1705 Bemposta Palace, Lisbon Buried: Pantheon of the House of Braganza For all the Queen Consorts called Catherine, Catherine of Braganza is possibly the... Continue Reading →

The Invention of Afternoon Tea

Something often taken for granted is meal times. We are so used to having three meals a day that it can be hard to think of a time when this was not the case. Breakfast, lunch and dinner had been established in the 18th century to fit in with the working day, however lunch was... Continue Reading →

Lady Jane Grey

Born: C. 1537 in either Leicester or London Daughter of Frances Brandon and Henry Grey Married: Lord Guildford Dudley, 1553 Durham House Died: 12th February 1554, Tower of London Buried: St Peter's Chapel, Tower Green. Lady Jane Grey has gone down in history as the shortest reigning monarch. No, not in height but in 'days... Continue Reading →

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