1377 – Richard II is declared King of England, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III, the previous day.
Richard was the son of Edward, the Black Prince, and would rule until his overthrow at the hands of his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke.
1906 – Haakon VII of Norway and Maud of the United Kingdom are crowned as King and Queen in Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral.
1911 – The coronation of King George V of the United Kingdom, the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, along with his wife, Queen Mary, took place at Westminster Abbey in London. The Festival of the Empire started the following day at the Crystal Palace, as part of the celebrations.
1958 – Olav V of Norway is consecrated as King of Norway. He was widely popular and called “The People’s King”.
1912 – Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born today in Coburg, Germany. She was the younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, through her son, Prince Leopold. She was married three times throughout her life, but after the war, her family was decimated. She lived out her days in Germany, dying in 1983.
1961 – Queen Maria of Yugoslavia died in London, in exile. She was the daughter of Ferdinand I and Maria of Romania, and married Alexander I of Yugoslavia. Her husband was assassinated in France in 1934, and her son became Peter II. Recently in 2013, her body was allowed to be moved from its burial place in London, to her home in Serbia, where she was always very popular.
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