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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This Day in History...

April 28, 1442 - Edward IV, future King of England, and son of Richard, Duke of York, was born. He became the first king of the House of York after defeating the Lancastrian Henry VI.

April 28, 1603 - After an incredible reign, Elizabeth I's funeral took place at Westminster Abbey. She had died at the end of March at Richmond Palace. Her death was greeted by stunned disbelief - most of the English population had never known a monarch other than Elizabeth.

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