Great Britain

22 January 1901 – The Queen is Dead

The Queen is Dead

Queen Victoria spent the Christmas period in 1900 at one of her favourite retreats, Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight as had been her custom since the death of her beloved Albert. She must have known that her long life and her record-breaking reign were coming to an end as she told her doctor that she would like to ...

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1 October 1553 – Mary I is Crowned

Mary I

It was party time in England’s capital in the days leading up to 1 October 1553. A huge crowd of people, many of whom were likely to be feeling the effects of those previous few days, gathered to try and catch a glimpse of their new queen. 37-year-old Mary was the first woman to ascend to the throne of England ...

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The Corn Laws

The Corn Laws

Profits, government protection, and international trade – who would have thought that all of this would be generated by one small grain?  In the United Kingdom in the early to mid-1800s it was necessary to protect the price of corn to defend all of the above.  The Corn Laws were an effort by the Tory government to protect the crop, ...

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