Ever since the Conquest, British monarchs have been crowned in London’s Westminster Abbey, right? Well, not always. The boy king, Henry the Third was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral (then known as St. Peter’s Abby) on October 28th, 1216.
Son of, some think, England’s worst king (John) and father, some think, of its best (Edward I), Henry’s own reign was a bit of a disaster, but at fifty-six years and twenty-nine days, it was one of the country’s longest.
In honour of the 800th Anniversary last year, Gloucester held a re-enactment of the occasion, albeit a month early (guess the cathedral was booked for the actual date), and other related events were held in the city into the new year.