Where history happened: The Restoration

The British monarchy returned in 1660 after a decade of republican rule in the form of Charles II. We visit eight places associated with the Restoration

The procession of Charles II between the Tower of London and Westminster on the eve of his coronation. Painting by the Dutch painter and etcher Dirk Stoop (c1610-c1685). (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Charles II, riding proudly at the head of a great procession, made his royal entry into London on 29 May 1660 in triumphant style. The crowds were so large that the king’s party, “brandishing their swords and shouting with inexpressible joy,” took seven hours to pass through the city.

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