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Centuries old royal gift goes on show for the first time

A thank you present from a king and queen in exile to one of their supporters is about to get its first ever public viewing. A silk bedspread, given by King James II and his wife, Maria of Modena, to a family who accompanied them into exile following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 will be displayed in Cumbria. Visitors to Sizergh Castle will now be able to view the 300 year old piece which was…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at James II

James was not born to be a King. He was the third, but second surviving son of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, born on 14 October 1633. Though he was styled as Duke of York from birth, he was not formally created so until 1643. His father was executed on 30 January 1649 but by then James had already fled to The Hague. James later followed his brother Charles to France, where he served in the…
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