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 “Coronacon Day” (1661)

On this  day in 1661, Charles II was formally crowned king at Westminster Abbey.

Samuel Pepys wrote of the occasion in his diary:

“About 4 I rose and got to the Abbey, … and ..,  with a great deal of patience I sat … till 11 before the King came in. 1,224 more words

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Queen's coronation - Westminster Abbey #atozchallenge

Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, British monarchs have been crowned in Westminster Abbey, barring two: Edward V (murdered) and Edward VIII (abdicated). 820 more words

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Easter Vigil at Westminster Abbey

Beautiful cathedrals, churches and abbeys are always at the top of my architectural sight-seeing lists when in new cities and as amazing as they are on the outside, I’m always curious to see the inside. 505 more words

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JAMES 1st - A ROYAL GOOSEBERRY

Entrance to the tomb of Henry Vll as seen on the opening of the vault in 1869.  Drawing by George Scarf.  

How did James I come to be interred in Henry Vll’s vault?   461 more words

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HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC HEIST: THE STONE OF DESTINY

On Christmas Eve, 1950, Scottish Nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey and carried off an oblong block of red sandstone called, in Gaelic, Lia Fail. Also known as the Stone of Scone and the Stone of Destiny, the kings of Scotland had been crowned sitting atop it since about the ninth century AD (although not in the coronation chair pictured, as that didn’t come into being until 1301). 147 more words

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Westminster Abbey

Originally posted on Blogger on 27 February 2015

On Wednesday (25 February), I went to Westminster Abbey with my Reformation class. For someone who has been in many churches in Italy, it was interesting to go into a church and look at it through a historical perspective, observing the aspects that make it a combination of Catholic and Anglican (English Protestant), as well as the coronation place of kings and queens since William the Conqueror in 1066. 741 more words

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