Today, May 29, 1630, Charles Stuart was born at Saint James Palace in London, United Kingdom. His father was Charles I and his mother Henrietta Maria of France. As their eldest surviving child, he was Prince of Wales and due to become King. He was a very large baby and due to his mother’s Medici blood very dark, causing him to be called the Black Boy as a child. He was also a taller man than most of that time. He was an intelligent and serious boy that his mother joked she sometimes felt he was far older and wiser than she. Below is Charles’ Coat of Arms as Prince of Wales.
As Prince of Wales, he was destined for the throne, but forces were already in play that would delay that destiny for some time.
The court masques were the most splendid of the occasions on which Prince Charles…
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