This Day in History: 20 June

1557 – Paul IV named William Peto to replace Reginald Pole in England, but Mary refused to allow Pole to return to Rome or Peto to become legate.

Pope Paul_IV

Pope Paul_IV

Reginald Pole was of the strong Plantagenet family – of the House of York.  His mother was Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. Margaret was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel (Neville), Duchess of Clarence. She was also niece to King Edward lV and Richard lll. (More info to come on Margaret)

Cardinal Reginald Pole

Cardinal Reginald Pole

1837 – Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV on June 20.

William lV ascended to the throne when he was roughly sixty-five years old.  His reign was six days short of seven years. William had no surviving legitimate heirs and so he named his niece, Princess Victoria as his heir.

(c) Mark Masons' Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Mark Masons’ Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Queen Victoria was the last monarch to reign from the House of Hanover. She reigned for an amazing sixty-three years. In 1901, after the queen’s passing, her son, Edward Vll ascended to the British throne.

Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait for the Queen

The Coronation of Queen Victoria by Hayter

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