The Restoration of the Monarchy 

King Charles II

King Charles II

May 8th –  On this day in 1660, The “Convention Parliament” (see also April 25th posting) restored the monarchy to Prince Charles, making him King Charles II.

Site of execution of regicide Sir Harry Vane, Tower Hill

Site of execution of regicide Sir Harry Vane, Tower Hill

Charles II then went on to have executed almost all the surviving “regicides”, who had signed his father Charles I’s death warrant, thereby violating the terms of his own “Declaration of Breda”, which had promised a pardon for all crimes committed during the Civil War and inter-regnum (see Don Jordan and Michael Walsh’s “The King’s Revenge – Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History”, and Charles Spencer’s “Killers of the King – The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I”).

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall

The Palace of Westminster, where Parliament sits, is visited, although not entered, on our “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey – Priories, Palaces and Parliament” standard walk, and on our “Medieval London – The City that Chaucer knew”, “Medieval London Highlights” and “Legal London” themed specials.

Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, by e-mail (, or by phone (020-8998-3051).

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