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today’s holiday: Denmark Constitution Day

Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Henry V Becomes King of England (1413)

Henry V Becomes King of England (1413)

Henry was knighted by Richard II in 1399 and created prince of Wales when his father, Henry IV, usurped the throne the same year. Although his early recklessness was celebrated—and probably exaggerated—by Shakespeare, Henry became a great popular hero. He lifted England from the near anarchy of his father’s reign to civil order and a high spirit of nationalism. His main interest, however, was in gaining control of lands in France—lands that he sincerely believed to be his right. Did he succeed? More… Discuss

One’s new book. Described by the Prince of Wales as “a bloody great idea for Christmas”: http://t.co/wcfm06t2u4#BuyTheSoddingBook — Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) November 1, 2014

Excerpts:  “Sixty years on the throne. Only the second monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. Its been a challenge, one doesn’t mind telling you. But despite it all, ones still here. Still keeping the ship afloat, still in charge, still iconic, still keeping the gin industry in business, still ruling the world. Still reigning. God Save One. On Politics & State Occasions: Winston Churchill used to write the best speeches, of course. In those days, before TV cameras in the house, one could have a bit of fun and read them out in assorted accents. Ones Gandhi impression had the Lords in tears of laughter once. Those were the days. On the Royal Birth: Traditionally, of course, royal births were witnessed by the Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury, but we’ve decided that they needn’t bother this time, although William promised to text them a photo from his iPhone, just to put their minds at rest, on the strict understanding that they didn’t upload it to Facebook. The last thing we need is a French magazine publishing them. On America: One thinks of them as a mother thinks of a teenage boy: with a mixture of pride and exasperation. Although there is no denying that the American division of the British Armed forces has been awfully useful over time, even if they do have a habit of turning up late for wars and then taking the credit.”


Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)

Catherine of Aragon is known as the first of King Henry VIII’s six wives, but before they were wed, she was married to his older brother Arthur. Catherine was the youngest daughter of Spain’s Ferdinand II and Isabella I, and her marriage to Arthur was primarily political. In fact, Arthur and Catherine were married by proxy before they had even met, in a ceremony attended by their representatives. The marriage was short-lived, as Arthur died young. When did Arthur and Catherine finally meet? More… Discuss