HISTORY MEME [2/9 Kings/Queens] | King Charles II
Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685). After the execution of his father, King Charles I, England entered the period known as the English Interregnum and the country was a de facto republic, led by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell defeated Charles II at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, and Charles fled to mainland Europe.
A political crisis that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy, and Charles was invited to return to Britain. On 29 May 1660, his 30th birthday, he was received in London to public acclaim.
Charles II was popularly known as the Merry Monarch, in reference to both the liveliness of his court and the general relief at the return to normality after over a decade of rule by Oliver Cromwell. Charles’s wife,Catherine of Braganza, bore no live children, but Charles acknowledged at least twelve illegitimate children by various mistresses. As illegitimate children were excluded from the succession, he was succeeded by his brother James.
The Queen signs message to the Commonwealth to place in baton the relay begins today at Buckingham Palace, October 9th 2013.
Grand duchess Victoria Melita of Hesse, neé Pss of Edinburg, later Gdss Victoria Fyodorovna of Russia. Late 1890s.
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the opening of Parliament in 1901.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, 1968.
Queen Elizabeth II places a message for the host city in the Queen’s Baton with HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation in London, England.
After presenting the baton to Queen Elizabeth II, the relay will continue it’s journey visiting all 70 competing nations and territories ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Highlights from Her Majesty the Queen’s iconic speech at the occasion of her visit to the Republic of Ireland from 17 May to 20 May 2011. The state visit marked the first time a British monarch had visited the Republic of Ireland in 100 years (since Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather, King George V visited the country in 1911).
“What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.”
Royal Wedding Commemorative merchandise fail: printing the photo of the wrong sibling