Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-1685)

Charles II was best known as the Merry Monarch but his reign also saw the rise of colonisation and trade in India, the East Indies and America. He was born at St James’s Palace on 29 May 1630—the first surviving child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria. He was a robust and an exceptionally large…

Charles II Hides In Oak Tree To Escape Oliver Cromwell’s Army

Charles II was forced to hide in an oak tree at Boscobel on 6 September 1651, following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester three days earlier. He was crowned in Scotland and had led a small army across the border to reclaim the English throne which had been lost two years earlier, when…

Podcast: Celebrations Continue In Denmark, Michael Johnsen On Royal Visit & Oak Apple Day Origins

Our first interview for 2018 regarding a possible royal visit to the Hunter Valley, with news from Norway, Denmark, the origins of Oak Apple Day and Queen Elizabeth meets the new Australian High Commissioner. Crisis Centre 40th Anniversary Celebrations King Harald attended 40th-anniversary commemorations for Norway's first crisis centre on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Crown Prince…

Podcast: Loen Skylift, Chelsea Flower Show & the Claytons Royal Wedding

Queen Sonja opens a new skylift, Princess Anne attends the General Assembly, Chelsea Flower Show, the Claytons Royal Wedding and two exhibitions focusing on Charles I and Charles II. Queen Sonja Opens Loen Skylift Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened one of the world's steepest cable cars, the the Loen Skylift in Nordfjord on Saturday,…