On May 8th, 1660, the “Convention Parliament” restored the monarchy to Prince Charles, making him King Charles II (see also April 25th posting). On May 25th, Charles returned from Exile to England; and on May 29th, his birthday, he re-entered London.
May 29th was made a public holiday, “to be for ever kept as a Day of Thanksgiving for our Redemption from Tyranny and the King’s Return to his Government, he entering London that day”. Although the public holiday, popularly known as “Oak Apple Day” or, more rarely, “Royal Oak Day”, was abolished in 1859, May 29th is still marked by celebrations at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which was founded by Charles II in 1681.
The Palace of Westminster, where Parliament sits, and Westminster Abbey, where the King was formally crowned in April 23rd, 1661, are visited, although not entered, on our “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey” standard walk, and on our “Medieval London”, “Medieval City Highlights” and “Legal London” themed specials.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Our Guided Walks” section of our web-site.