Come along on Sunday 26th January at 10:45am to see the Commemoration of the execution of Charles I.
About the morning
The Annual Commemoration of the Execution of King Charles I takes place on the last Sunday in January. The English Civil War Society dress in authentic period costume and weaponry identical to that used during the 17th century.
They assemble on the Mall by St James's Palace and retrace the route the king was taken on Sunday 30th January 1649, across Horse Guards Parade to the Banqueting Rooms in Whitehall. Here a short ceremony takes place at the site of where the King was beheaded.
About Charles I and his execution
King Charles I [masked]) was king of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649. After he became king, he was constantly at loggerheads with parliament who wanted to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience.
Charles dissolved parliament three times in the four years after taking the throne and in 1629, he dismissed parliament and resolved to rule alone. This forced him to raise revenue by non-parliamentary means which made him increasingly unpopular.
In November 1641, tensions came to a head with disagreements over who should command an army to suppress an uprising in Ireland. Charles marched into parliament and attempted to have five members of parliament arrested.
in August 1642, Charles raised the royal standard at Nottingham and Civil war began between the Parliamentarians (led by Oliver Cromwell) and the Royalists (led by Charles I). The war divided the country and lasted until 1649, when Charles was captured and tried for treason. He was executed and Oliver Cromwell took on the role of Lord Protector, thus turning England into a republic.
It finishes about 1pm. It's free to attend!
Afterwards, we will head to the Silver Cross pub, 33 Whitehall to chat over drinks.
If you can't see us at the station, please call or text. Lookout for the group sign:
Hope to see you there!
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