London, King's Army March

The King's Army March. Commemoration of the Execution of Charles I
Whitehall, London

a spectacular and inspiring historical event to commemorate the conviction and execution of the King Charles I outside the Banqueting House on Whitehall in London at the hands of Parliament in 1649. From St James' Palace the one mile trip down The Mall towards the River Thames reliving a painful episode of the English Civil War...


The Event

Charles I (1600–1649) was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. Charles's reign was characterized by religious conflicts and a great struggle for power with the Parliament of England challenging his attempts to overrule and negate parliamentary authority. Charles simultaneously tried to use his position as head of the English Church to pursue religious policies which generated growing antipathy. The contrast led to the English Civil War (1642–1651), a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians (called Roundheads because of their hair closely cropped round the head, or flat) and Royalists (also called Cavaliers by the Parliamentarians), ended with the trial and execution of Charles I, the exile of his son, Charles II, and the replacement of English monarchy with first the Commonwealth of England (1649–53), and then with a Protectorate (1653–59) ruled by Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658, an English military and political leader).

Every year, on the last Sunday in January, the King's Army (the Royalist part of the English Civil War Society) commemorates the execution of King Charles I with a parade along the route taken by the King from the St James' Palace to his place of execution, in Whitehall, a road in the City of Westminster borough in central London. About 500 members of the King's Army march in the footsteps of King Charles I in commemoration of "His Majestie's Horrid Murder" at the hands of the Parliament in 1649. A wreath is laid in the morning the base of the contemporary statue of King Charles I in Trafalgar Square near the spot the King’s murderers were executed when King Charles II regained the throne. The March commences, as a funeral march, from a point on The Mall close to St.James' Palace, proceeding down The Mall, down Horse Guards Road and onto Horse Guards Parade itself, a large parade ground off Whitehall, where it groups for a short Service of Remembrance and a ceremony. Around noon a wreath is presented and later laid near the place of the King's Horrid Murder outside the Banqueting House. The King's Army spends the summer months re-creating history with the Roundhead Association at venues throughout the country.

The Programme

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Info & Contact

The English Civil War Society
Jonathan Taylor, Press Office
Address: 70 Hailgate, Howden East Riding of Yorkshire DN14 7ST, England
Tel.: +44 07506168513
Event webpage:

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Text: The English Civil War Society, Wikipedia


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