This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Saturday, August 8, 2009

This Day in History...

August 8, 1296 - The Stone of Scone, on which Scottish kings had been crowned for centuries, was seized by King Edward I of England and moved to London. In 1306 at Westminster Abbey he had a special throne, the Coronation Chair, built so that the stone fitted underneath it. This was to be a symbol that the Kings of England were also being crowned King of Scotland. It remained a part of the British Coronation Chair until 1996, when the British government finally sent it back to Scotland. The next British monarch to be crowned will be the first one since the 1300s to be crowned without the Stone in the Chair beneath them.

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