Richard coronated as King of England – July 6, 1483

By mid-May 1483, popular support was building for Richard to help rule England after his brother Edward’s unexpected death. On May 14, 1483 he was named Protector of the Realm until Prince Edward’s coming of age. But in the next month, his plans turned sinister. He cancelled Prince Edwards coronation that was scheduled for June 22, 1483. Next he executed the queen’s brother Anthony Woodville and her son Richard Grey for treason. Then his final blow was having Edward IV’s and Elizabeth Woodville’s children ruled illegitimate due to an alleged marital pre-contract Edward made before he met Elizabeth Woodville. Richard had himself coronated as King of England on July 6, 1483.