The Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms

Charles II made his triumphant royal entry into London to reclaim his three kingdoms on 29 May 1660. Many who welcomed the Restoration were soon disappointed.The Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell enjoyed stability since Charles I’s beheading in January 1649. However, Cromwell died on 3 September 1658 after a short period of illness.AnarchyRichard succeeded his father…

Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-1685)

Charles II was best known as the Merry Monarch but his reign also saw the rise of colonisation and trade in India, the East Indies and America. He was born at St James’s Palace on 29 May 1630—the first surviving child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria. He was a robust and an exceptionally large…

Oliver Cromwell: The Republic Leader The ARM Never Mention on ANZAC Day

NPG 514; Oliver Cromwell after Samuel Cooper

Britain's former war-veteran-turned Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was born on 25 April. In Australia, every Anzac Day, the Australian Republic Movement, notably Peter FitzSimons, usually raise the issue of Australia becoming a republic. Yet they never mention Britain's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell whose birthday is also commemorated as Anzac Day in Australia, New Zealand and the…

Recreation of Henry VIII’s Imperial Crown

A magnificent recreation of Henry VIII’s Imperial Crown will go on display at Hampton Court Palace in the Royal Pew, from Saturday, 27 October 2012. Hampton Court Palace Curator, Dr Kent Rawlinson said, “Using the original inventories and Myten’s painting of the crown, we’ve been able to identify not only the basic shape of the…