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 Rupert Von Der Pfalz

Rupert Von Der Pfalz

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Death 29 Nov 1682 (aged 62)
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 12310517 · View Source
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Bohemian Royalty. Duke of Cumberland. Born in Praha, Bohemia, the third son of Friedrich V von der Pfalz, King of Bohemia and Elizabeth Stuart, Princess of England. As a result of the outbreak of the Thirty Years War, in November 1620, a year after taking the throne, his parents were forced to flee Bohemia into exile and Prince Rupert grew up in the Netherlands. At the age of fourteen he began a career as a soldier fighting at the siege of Rheinberg in 1633 at Breda in 1637. In 1638 he was captured forces of the Holy Roman Emperor and held captive for nearly three years. After his release, Rupert went to London to support the his uncle and the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. He was named General of Horse and was successful at Powick Bridge in 1642, as well as at Edgehill and Bristol in 1643. Charles I named him commander-in-chief but in 1645 he was forced to surrender Bristol to the Parliamentarians. The king abruptly dismissed him and he was banished from England by Parliament in 1646. After the Restoration, he returned to England at the invitation of Charles II who granted him an annuity, appointed him to the Privy Council, and named him Admiral of the Fleet. He was first Lord of the Admiralty from 1673 to 1679. He became a founding member of the Royal Society and experimented in the manufacture of arms. In 1670, Charles II appointed Rupert the first Governor of Hudson's Bay Company.

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  • Added: 11 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12310517
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rupert Von Der Pfalz (17 Dec 1619–29 Nov 1682), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12310517, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .