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June’s calendar of historic royal moments

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2 June 1953:

On this day in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held at Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty officially became Queen on 6 February 1952 when her father, King George VI, died at the Sandringham Estate from lung cancer. The Queen became the longest-reigning British monarch in 2015.

3 June 1865:

On this day in 1865, King George V was born at Marlborough House to King Edward VI and Queen Alexandra – then Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra, the Prince and Princess of Wales. He became Prince George, Prince of Wales in 1901 and then King in 1910, after the death of his father. The King died in 1936 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII, who then abdicated in favour of King George’s second son, Prince Albert, who became King George VI.

4 June 1738:

On this day in 1738, King George III was born at Norfolk House to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha; this made him the grandson of King George II. King George was married to Queen Charlotte, and they had fifteen children, including King George IV and King William IV. Upon his death, he was the longest-reigning monarch in British history; this fact would be eclipsed by his granddaughter, Queen Victoria.

4 June 1941:

On this day in 1941, Wilhelm II, German Emperor died of a pulmonary embolus in the Netherlands. The Emperor was the oldest son of Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal and Frederick III, German Emperor. He was famous for his disabilities, including his withered arm and breathing problems.

6 June 1872:

On this day in 1872, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine was born in the Grand Duchy of Hesse in the German Empire. The Princess went on to marry Tsar Nicholas II and have five children. The family were famously executed in Russia by the Bolsheviks.

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10 June 1921:

On this day in 1921, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was born in Corfu, Greece, as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. The Greek Royal Family were exiled when Philip was young and moved the Germany. Whilst at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, his sister and other relatives were killed in a plane crash. Due to having no relationship with his father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Philip was aided by his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. He married Princess Elizabeth of York in 1947, and they raised four children together. Prince Philip died on April 9th 2021 at the age of 99.

10 June 1974:

On this day in 1974, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester died at Barnwell Manor, Northamptonshire. The third son and fourth child of King George V and Queen Mary of Teck was the first royal child to be educated at school – rather than being educated at home. The Prince attended Eton College, Windsor. At the time of his death, Prince Henry was the last surviving child of King George V, and his widow, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester is the longest-living member of the Royal Family, dying aged 102 at Kensington Palace.

14 June 1870:

On this day in 1870, Sophia, Queen Consort of The Hellenes was born in the Kingdom of Prussia. The Princess was the daughter of Queen Victoria’s eldest child, Princess Victoria, Princess Royal. The Princess was married to King Constantine I of Greece, ultimately having six children.

18 June 2018:

On this day in 2018, Lena Tindall was born in Gloucestershire and is the second daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall. The tot is 20th in line to the throne.

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19 June 1999:

On this day in 1999, the Earl and Countess of Wessex married at St George’s Chapel. The royals lead active lives in royal service and now share children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Prince Edward remains the only one of The Queen’s children to never get divorced.

20 June 1837:

On this day in 1837, King William IV died at Windsor Castle and was succeeded by his niece, Queen Victoria. William had never expected to become the monarch and was predominately dedicated to his naval career. He was the son of King George III, brother of King George IV and married to Queen Adelaide of Saxe- Meiningen.

21 June 1982:

On this day in 1982, Prince William was born at St. Mary’s Hospital and was the first son of the Prince and Princess of Wales. He attended Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School and Ludgrove Preparatory School, before attending Eton College in Windsor. In 2001, the Prince began studying at St. Andrew’s University; he eventually graduated with a 2:1 in geography. At university, he met Catherine Middleton, and they married in 2011. They have three children.

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23 June 1894:

On this day in 1894, Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born at White Lodge, to King George V and Queen Mary of Teck (then, Prince George and Princess Mary, the Duke and Duchess of York). The monarch abdicated in 1936, leaving his brother to become King George VI. He became the Duke of Windsor and lived in exile with his wife, Wallis Simpson in New York and Paris. He is, however, buried on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

28 June 1491:

On this day in 1491, King Henry VIII was born at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London. Britain’s most famous king married six times and had a total of twelve children, most of which were stillborn; three of his children would become monarchs of England, with only one of his illegitimate children surviving to adulthood. The King was the son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. He hadn’t expected to inherit the crown, but the shock death of his elder brother Arthur, Prince of Wales resulted in Henry’s accession.

28 June 1838:

On this day in 1838, Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey. The Queen succeeded her uncle, King William IV and was followed by her son, King Edward VII. Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days or 23, 209,917 days.