The death of a monarch is traditionally announced first from Friary Court, and then from several other assembly points around London.
Soon after 10 a.m. on 30 January 1649, King Charles I set off to walk through the park from St James’ Palace to the Banqueting House at Whitehall. He was accompanied by his dog Rogue and an escort of Roundhead soldiers from the Parliamentary army:
‘The Park had several Companies of Foot drawn up, who made a Guard on either side as the King passed, and a Guard of Halberdiers in company went some before, and othersome followed; and drums beat, and the noise was so great as one could hardly hear what another spoke.’
The escort marched to Horse Guards Parade (pictured) and continued towards Whitehall in the distance. Ignoring the glares from Parliamentary soldiers, several Royalist supporters in the park fell to one knee and doffed their hats to the King as he passed.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 29. Why was King Charles I being taken to Whitehall?
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