Published on June 4th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham
June Is Always A Right Royal Affair
Here at the Post Office Shop we have recently launched the Framed Kings and Queens Stamp Set, which commemorates all reigning monarchs since 1399 from six differing Royal Houses throughout the transition of rule from England to Great Britain.
However, whilst we were conducting our research on this framed stamp collection, we found a strong monarchical association with the month of June. We have delved into the archives to find that many Monarchs have been born, passed away, or ascended to the throne in the month of June over the past 600 years or so.
No less than five monarchs have entered the world in June, arguably the most famous of those is Henry VIII who was famed for having six wives; hence the origination of the “Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” adage to remember their respective fates.
Also born in the month of June were James I (June 19th 1566), George III (June 4th 1738), George V (June 3rd 1865) and Edward VIII (June 23rd 1894).
To date, there have been three instances of Kings and Queens passing in the month of June. George I died on June 11th 1727 to be succeeded by George II who acceded to the throne on the very same day. George IV died on June 26th 1830, therefore bringing William IV to the throne. William himself then passed away on June 20th 1837, having no children himself, he was succeeded by his niece Victoria.
Along with these three accessions to the throne, the reign of Richard III also began in June; albeit under mysterious circumstances. Richard was brother of Edward IV and was made Lord Protector of the Realm for Edward V, his nephew who was only twelve years old.
It was planned that Edward V would be crowned on 22nd June 1483; however his mother and fathers marriage was declared invalid, rendering Edward an illegitimate child. Shortly after that, Edward and his brother Richard mysteriously disappeared… and Richard III was crowned four days later than the planned coronation of his nephew on 26th June 1483.
Along with these historical events, Queen Elizabeth II has her Official Birthday on a Saturday in June. This isn’t the date of her actual birthday; it takes place in June as there is a greater chance of better weather for the traditional birthday parade of Trooping the Colour.
Always a distinguished pageantry occasion, Trooping the Colour takes place on 14th June this year and no doubt it will be a right royal affair to enjoy and admire as the parade passes through some of London’s most famous landmarks.