Watch Wedding Day Footage of Elizabeth ii’s Parents

Silent newsreel footage of the wedding day of The Duke of York (later King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) as they travel to and from Westminster Abbey for the ceremony.

Did Queen Anne Neville Have An Uncle Who Was King?

  While searching for images of the Duke of Clarence I came across this image from the National Portrait Gallery, London.  I had never heard of Henry, Duke of Warwick and became intrigued.  Who was he and why is he portrayed with the Kingmaker, his family and the Duke of Clarence in this etching? From … [More]

Did Elizabeth of York Want to Marry Her Uncle Richard lll?

To continue on the theme of Richard lll and his niece, Elizabeth of York – Were they planning to marry in the event of the death of the queen?     Here are a couple excerpts from, Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses, by Sarah Gristwood. Sir George Buck, who in … [More]

Richard lll’s Family Tragedies

Excerpt from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips: The following year King Richard’s 11 year-old son and only child, Edward, Prince of Wales died. Richard and his queen, Anne, were maddened with grief. The prospect of a Yorkist inheritance, so dear to Richard’s heart, began to look extremely vulnerable and when, in … [More]

King James II of Scotland

On 3 August 1460, King James ll of Scotland died. He was killed in a cannon explosion at the siege of Roxburgh.  His son, James lll inherited the thrown after the death of his father. James ll was married to Mary of Guelders who served as regent (1460-1463) for her son (James lll) after the death … [More]

Royal Descendants of King Francis l of France

                                  CHILDREN OF HENRY II & CATHERINE DE MEDICI:  

Mary, Queen of Scots Marries Lord Darnley

29 July 1565 – Mary, Queen of Scots marries her cousin, Henry Stuart – Lord Darnley. For more on this: Click Here

Henry Vlll Marries Catherine Howard

28 July 1540, Henry Vlll marries for the fifth time. For more on this – please check out The Anne Boleyn Files blog regarding this event.  

Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, executed

28 July 1540 – Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and Henry Vlll’s chief minister is executed. The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Cromwell HD by limoslight

This Day in History: 25 July 1564

1564 – Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor dies. Ferdinand was the son of: Phillip l of Castile Joanna of Castile (sister to Katherine of Aragon, Henry Vlll’s 1st wife)  

Henry II of France is Crowned King

On 25 July 1547, Henry ll of France was crowned.  Henry was the father of Francis ll – first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Henry was married to Catherine de’ Medici and had a long time mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Henry only reigned for about two years – died from injuries from jousting. Henry and … [More]

James VI became King of Scotland

On this day ( 24 July) in history 1567, James Stuart became King of Scotland.  His mother, Mary Queen of Scots had been forced to abdicate in favor of her son.  James was merely one year old.  James never knew his mother….or his father. For more on the life of James, please check out this … [More]

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland Surrenders

1553 – Duke of Northumberland surrenders to Mary Tudor’s forces.  He was instrumental in placing Lady Jane Grey (his daughter-in-law) on the throne. For more on the story of John Dudley, Edward Vl and the Duke of Somerset, click here.  

1536 – Henry Fitzroy died

On this day in 1536, Henry Vlll’s illegitimate son with Elizabeth Blount died. He was titled 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham. To learn more about Henry Fitzroy, please check out this article by The Anne Boleyn Files.