Reminds me of how the High Anglicans have virtually canonised Charles I.
Not "virtually." Charles I was in fact the only saint canonized by the Church of England after its break with Rome. He was removed from the calendar in the 19th century, but the Society of King Charles the Martyr, whose annual American gathering I attended in January 2002, continues to honor his memory and work for his official reinstatement.
Verrry interesting. I was not aware of that!
Actually, my "Australian Prayer Book (1978)", the book we used during my Anglican sojourn in Sydney and Jakarta in the 90's has the following entry in its Calendar:
January 30: Charles, King of England (1600-1649).
before his name, but then I notice that no-one in the Calendar (which includes Gregory I, Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, Catherine of Siena, Loyola and the Cure d'Ars) is according a St
, save the Apostles, St Stephen, St John the Baptist, St Mary Magdalen and St Michael!
Of course the Calendar tries to be even-handed so along with Charles and post-reformation Catholics, you get a commemoration of the Wesleys and Luther etc...
He [Nicholas} and George V were first cousins (their mothers were sisters), and looked so much alike as young men that when Nicholas (who was fluent in English) visited England, he was frequently mistaken for George.
I've seen photos of them looking like twins. When I was very
young, you still could come across George V pennies from time to time. It's all not so long ago.