On Christmas Day in 1914, German and British soldiers, entrenched on the battlefield at Flanders, Belgium, declared a truce and played football in No Man’s Land. Captain Robert Hamilton of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment wrote in his diary that this was: ‘A day unique in the world’s history’
To mark the 100 year anniversary of World War I, Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart traveled to the key battlefields and monuments of The Great War. See more from his project Shadows of War, and view the multimedia here.
Richard I, also known as Richard Cœur de Lion, acceded to the English throne on this day in British history, 6 July 1189. Richard spent little time in England after his accession and is remembered more as a romantic figure than as an effective monarch.
Elizabeth I - the last Tudor monarch - was born at Greenwich on 7 September 1533, the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn.
Elizabeth succeeded to the throne on her half-sister’s death in November 1558. She was very well-educated (fluent in six languages), and had inherited intelligence, determination and shrewdness from both parents.
Overall, Elizabeth’s always shrewd and, when necessary, decisive leadership brought successes during a period of great danger both at home and abroad. She died at Richmond Palace on 24 March 1603, having become a legend in her lifetime. The date of her accession was a national holiday for two hundred years. (x)