…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Royal Anniversaries: Remembering Iconic Moments in British History
As we take a look back in time, this week marks significant anniversaries that shaped British history.
From the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the signing of the Magna Carta, here’s a rundown of some of the remarkable events that marked the past.
Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – May 12, 1937
King George VI ascended the throne after his brother Edward VIII abdicated so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The coronation ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey and was not televised.
The procession back to Buckingham Palace was televised and marked Britain’s first major outside broadcast.
The Royal Family appeared on the palace balcony, and the young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret joined them.
VE Day – May 8, 1945
Eight years later, on May 8, 1945, the Royal Family and Winston Churchill appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Although Japan had yet to surrender, it was a moment of great jubilation for Britain.
English Barons Deliver Ultimatum to King John, Leading to Signing of Magna Carta – May 12, 1215
In 1215, English barons presented an ultimatum to King John, demanding that he recognize their rights as Englishmen.
The King had no alternative but to agree, and 34 days later, he signed the document that came to be known as Magna Carta.
The defining text set out the rights of English subjects, including that they could not be imprisoned illegally or denied swift justice.
Magna Carta went on to heavily influence the Constitution of the United States of America.
Matilda of Flanders, the Wife of William the Conqueror, Is Crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey – May 11, 1068
Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror, was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey on May 11, 1068.
Her coronation came 22 years after William had defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Westminster Abbey, which had been built on the orders of Edward the Confessor, was completed little more than five years before William’s invasion.
As we look back in time, these significant anniversaries serve as a reminder of the rich history of Britain and its monarchy.