The spares who became heirs

May 4, 2015 by

by Anna Browning, BBC News: As fourth-in-line to the throne, the latest addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family is unlikely to be monarch. But as history shows, being born second – or spare to the heir – doesn’t always mean the top royal job is out of reach. From the Anglo Saxon King of Wessex, Edward the Elder, to Elizabeth I, to the current Queen’s own father, George VI, there are numerous examples of second-borns having assumed the throne. The...

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Archbishop Welby leads prayers at Richard III reinterment

Mar 26, 2015 by

From ACNS: The Archbishop of Canterbury led prayers and the blessing at the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral today. Archbishop Justin Welby blessed the remains of Richard III during a special ceremony attended by Royal Family members, Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens, senior UK ecumenical clergy and civic leaders, among others. The mortal remains were received at the Cathedral on Sunday night during a service of Compline, having been carried from the University of...

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King Richard III’s coffin leaves for tour of county

Mar 22, 2015 by

From ITV News: The coffin carrying the remains of King Richard III has left the University of Leicester. The body is to be taken on a tour of places in Leicestershire associated with the former king, including Bosworth Battlefield where he was killed. Later today he will return to Leicester for a service at the city’s Cathedral. Read here...

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My fears over the intimidation of Christians in the Middle East

Feb 8, 2015 by

By HRH The Prince of Wales: There is a real worry that there could come a time when there are no Christians left in the Middle East because the numbers have gone so dramatically down. With what has happened in Mosul in Iraq and other centres, there are very few Christians left because they were intimidated to a degree you can’t believe. Everything has been taken from them. Many of them are so fearful now of ever going back. It is a most agonising situation, but we must remember that all...

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Elizabeth is about to become Britain’s longest-reigning queen. Here’s how she’s changed monarchy...

Jan 1, 2015 by

By Matthew Dennison, Spectator: Whatever has or hasn’t happened over the last 63 years and seven months, we have shared a single blessing of ‘steadiness, staying-power and self-sacrifice’. On 24 September 1896 Queen Victoria was given a present of a paper knife, and expressed herself ‘much delighted’. The handle was set with overlapping gold coins each bearing the portrait of a British monarch. The uppermost coin bore an image of Victoria herself; the one beneath it, that of her grandfather...

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Scotland’s First Minister Donald Dewar consulted Queen over Catholic monarchy ban

Jan 1, 2015 by

By Simon Johnson, Telegraph: Newly-declassified documents showed Scotland’s first First Minister approached Buckingham Palace and the UK Government about the Act of Settlement, which barred Roman Catholics from ascending to the throne and marrying into the Royal Family. Donald Dewar consulted the Queen and the UK Government over his rejection of SNP calls for an end to the ban on Roman Catholics ascending to the throne, according to newly-declassified documents. Scotland’s first First...

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