London Quiz - Regal London - Kings (Questions)

In December 1066, William I was the first English king to be crowned. The country, or parts of it, had kings well before him and to date we have seen more than 60 kings. Some were truly unforgettable whilst some remain almost unheard of. Next time you pass a ‘King’s street’ or ‘King’s Square’, why not endeavour to find out to which king it refers?

Test your knowledge of kings in Regal London!

1. The 1994 Oscar-winning film ‘The Madness of King George’ is about the life of which King George?
[ ] George I
[ ] George II
[ ] George III
[ ] George IV
2. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior British order of Chivalry. It was founded by which King?
[ ] Edward III
[ ] Henry V
[ ] Henry VIII
[ ] Edward VIII
3. The wife of which King is credited with popularising tea-drinking in Britain?
[ ] Æthelwulf
[ ] Canute
[ ] James I
[ ] Charles II
4. According to legend, which King ‘burnt the cakes’?
[ ] King Alfred
[ ] King Athelstan
[ ] Sweyn Forkbeard
[ ] Richard III
5. Which English King controlled more land in France than even the King of France?
[ ] Stephen
[ ] Henry II
[ ] Edward I
[ ] Richard III
6. Which English Plantagenet King is known as The Lionheart?
[ ] Henry II
[ ] Richard I
[ ] Edward IV
[ ] Richard III
7. In whose reign was the Magna Carta drawn up and sealed?
[ ] Harold Harefoot
[ ] William I
[ ] John
[ ] George VI
8. The British Monarchy faced an unusual situation in 1936 when which King abdicated?
[ ] Edward VII
[ ] George V
[ ] Edward VIII
[ ] George VI
9. In 1918 the Reform Act was passed, giving women the right to vote for the first time. Who was King at the time?
[ ] Charles I
[ ] James II
[ ] Edward IV
[ ] George V
10. Which King was beheaded for treason in 1649?
[ ] Charles I
[ ] James I
[ ] Charles II
[ ] James II

 

London Quiz - Regal London - Kings (Answers)
1. The 1994 Oscar-winning film ‘The Madness of King George’ is about the life of which King George?
[ ] George I
[ ] George II
[x] George III
[ ] George IV
Rumour has it that if it were titled ‘The Madness of King George III’ some potential cinema-goers would have stayed at home thinking this to be the final instalment of a trilogy
2. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior British order of Chivalry. It was founded by which King?
[x] Edward III
[ ] Henry V
[ ] Henry VIII
[ ] Edward VIII
The Order consists of the Monarch and twenty-five knights. The honour is given to those who have held public offices, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally
3. The wife of which King is credited with popularising tea-drinking in Britain?
[ ] Æthelwulf
[ ] Canute
[ ] James I
[x] Charles II
Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of Charles II, is said to have introduced the custom of tea-drinking to the British in the late 1600s
4. According to legend, which King ‘burnt the cakes’?
[x] King Alfred
[ ] King Athelstan
[ ] Sweyn Forkbeard
[ ] Richard III
Alfred may not have been the best cook but he was dubbed Alfred The Great for having united the English, defended the country from Viking invasion and revolutionised the country's legal system and military structure
5. Which English King controlled more land in France than even the King of France?
[ ] Stephen
[x] Henry II
[ ] Edward I
[ ] Richard III
Henry II is also famous for his power-struggle and falling out with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket
6. Which English Plantagenet King is known as The Lionheart?
[ ] Henry II
[x] Richard I
[ ] Edward IV
[ ] Richard III
Called ‘The Lionheart’ for his bravery in battle and fighting the crusades, he spent only 7 months of his decade as monarch in England
7. In whose reign was the Magna Carta drawn up and sealed?
[ ] Harold Harefoot
[ ] William I
[x] John
[ ] George VI
In 1215 John was pressured to adopt the terms of the Magna Carta, which limited his powers as king and gave the nobles more influence in Parliament
8. The British Monarchy faced an unusual situation in 1936 when which King abdicated?
[ ] Edward VII
[ ] George V
[x] Edward VIII
[ ] George VI
Edward had fallen in love with a woman who had been married twice before. As King, he was not allowed to marry a divorcee so was obliged to choose between marrying his love, Wallis Simpson, or being King of England
9. In 1918 the Reform Act was passed, giving women the right to vote for the first time. Who was King at the time?
[ ] Charles I
[ ] James II
[ ] Edward IV
[x] George V
George V was also the first British Monarch to make a Christmas radio broadcast in 1932
10. Which King was beheaded for treason in 1649?
[x] Charles I
[ ] James I
[ ] Charles II
[ ] James II
Charles I is the only British Monarch to have been executed for treason. The country was a republic for 10 years known as the Commonwealth and was led by politician and military leader, Oliver Cromwell