His Grace, His Majesty

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Grace and Majesty

Did you know? Henry VII was the first king to be called “Your Majesty.” Before that, Kings were known as “Your Grace.” Until 1485 the king was “primus inter pares” (first among equals) but the Tudors lifted royal status much higher. However, “Most Gracious Majesty” was only used in the most formal of occasions. King Henry VIII decided Majesty should become the style of the sovereign of England. The Stuart Family, who followed in 1603, tried to go further and make it mandatory and official. This kind of increase in sovereignty eventually resulted in a Civil War in Great Britain (1642-1648) and the execution of Charles I (1649).

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