Commemoration of King Charles I Execution

  • January 26, 2014 · 10:45 AM
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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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  • Peter B.

    Excellent. Shame about the weather.

    January 28, 2014

  • Deborah G.

    The ECWS always do an excellent job of recreating these events particularly as weather was so bad - good to get warm in pub even though felt I hadn't quite stayed to the end. Went to National Portrait Gallery after and saw his portrait - he was actually executed on 30 January 1649 and weather slightly better that day. Hope he appreciates that we are still commemorating this event as he was convicted of high treason - ironic that we still have enduring monarchy - he's probably saying told you so somewhere up there! Recommend anyone who wants to know more about actual execution goes to Banqueting House all that remains of original Whitehall Palace.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Meredith S.

    What a wonderful event, the reenactors were amazing, their discipline & costumes made it a very special day to remember - just can't give 5 stars to the weather! So very cold & wet... joining the others at the pub afterwards was bliss with warmth, great conversation & a chance to reunite with friends from previous Cultureseekers excursions!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Robert

    Shame about the rain, but a fantastic display of dedicated re-enactors commemorating Charles I. A good film about him, the politics leading up to the English Civil War and the aftermath is the 1970 film 'Cromwell'.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Mo

    Robert, please excuse me for missing this event Having succumbed to a head cold, I spent the day on my sofa & brain fog is the reason I forgot to notify you My apologies. Sounds like you all had a good day despite the weather :)

    January 27, 2014

  • Cathy

    Excellent but very cold for standing around

    January 27, 2014

  • Breda

    Sorry I couldn't make it today Robert. Decided that the weather was too wet.

    January 26, 2014

  • Si La N.

    very good .....shame about the weather but we braved it all :} :}

    January 26, 2014

  • Roberta

    Well done, just a bit rainy:)

    January 26, 2014

  • Andy

    only slightly spoilt by the weather (c'est la vie)

    January 26, 2014

  • Camille

    Lovely execution celebration indeed despite the cold and the rain. Merci Robert for this lovely idea and the organisation. Long life to the Cultureseekers group!

    January 26, 2014

  • Henry K

    Very cold and wet but most enjoyable despite that.

    January 26, 2014

  • carole b.

    very good shame about the weather lol

    January 26, 2014

  • Grainne O.

    thanks for organising, it was really interesting & made me curious to know more. My feet are still drying out!

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent event even in the rain :) Thank you Robert!

    January 26, 2014

  • Denise

    Hello Robert, thanks for organising but I had a late night for Burns Night...and couldn't get my act together in time today. Best wishes.

    January 26, 2014

  • Rakesh K. M.

    Sorry for not able to come. The weather is a big deterrent and I am feeling very cold. Next time.

    January 26, 2014

  • Jack S.

    Had to cancel coming to London today. I overdid my walking in Hove yesterday, and now feel very tired, with the rainy weather putting me off as I'm recovering from a lingering cold. Sorry - hope everyone enjoyed the commemoration.

    January 26, 2014

  • Carole A.

    Sorry for not letting you know sooner but cannot make it.

    January 26, 2014

  • sylvia h.

    my apology Robert for not attending, I hope you all had a great time.

    January 26, 2014

  • zena s.

    Sorry, I too was out last night. I hope you all enjoy the spectacle. Next year!

    January 26, 2014

  • Duncan

    Sorry, went to Burns Night do last night

    January 26, 2014

  • Julie G

    Sorry for the short notice. Not feeling 100% so I cannot make this.

    January 26, 2014

  • Bronwen H.

    End. Lol

    January 26, 2014

  • Bronwen H.

    End. Lol

    January 26, 2014

  • Bronwen H.

    Sorry just getting over a long term illness, don't want to risk it by standing in the rain. Also trains not running my

    January 26, 2014

  • Sally

    Running late. Please let me know how to find you all.

    January 26, 2014

  • Geoff L.

    Sorry, I am unable to attend today due to family commitment.

    January 26, 2014

  • yvonne w.

    Weather is bad and no trains Running from where I live so won't make Sorry

    January 26, 2014

  • Rakesh K. M.

    Last summer, I saw an exhibition of masks at the Banqueting Hall in which period just before the King's execution was depicted through music, songs, acting performances and costume dramas.

    January 26, 2014

  • Lara M.

    Something has come up, can't make it. See you guys some other time :)

    January 25, 2014

  • Javier G.

    Sorry, I finally can't make it!!! See you all in next meetups!!! Thanks,

    January 25, 2014

  • Andres

    Can I go with someone else?

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Jeremy

      If you mean can you add a guest, yes by changing you RSVP to add +1

      1 · January 23, 2014

    • Meredith S.

      Silly me! Of course! Thanks Jeremy!

      January 25, 2014

  • Sarah-Jane van der W.

    Sad, but I won't be coming now - I'm expected to be at a birthday party in Wales on Saturday evening. Sorry.

    January 22, 2014

    • Meredith S.

      Sorry we'll miss seeing you, Sarah-Jane, but have a wonderful time in Wales!

      January 23, 2014

    • nikki r.

      This will be my first meetup with this group - this look interesting - I have a bad cold but hoping I will be up for coming to this meetup.

      1 · January 25, 2014

  • Tricia

    Sorry. Unable to make it.

    January 24, 2014

  • Michela L.

    Sorry I'll be out of London....cannot make it.

    January 24, 2014

  • Maxi

    I remember the Kings and Queens that had been assasinaten by their servants along of history, but always I forget someone.
    I'm very exciting for going to this event.
    See you on Saturday morning.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Caroline

    This will be my first meetup with this group and this looks a great event, something different :-)

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Meredith S.

      Yay! Looking forward to meeting you, then, Caroline! I love this group - if I wasn't out of town so often I'd be at everything! Robert has great knowledge & selects some wonderful events & outings for us & the folk who are interested in coming along are bound to share common interests... I've made quite a few good friends here!

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Meredith S.

    So looking forward to the first meet up of 2014 which I'll be able to make! It's been so long since I caught up with anyone, & this sounds like a wonderful way to connect with some very important London-based history! See you there!

    January 23, 2014

  • Andrew

    1 · January 22, 2014

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