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Lady Jane Grey?

 

Pete

Nah! Although she was de-facto monarch for 13 days in 1553 (or less if you consider her reign to start on the date of her proclamation rather than of the death of Edward VI), she was never crowned and wasn't a British monarch since she was only Queen of England. The first British Monarch was James I of England (James VI of Scotland), who united Britain when he became King of England in 1603. So the shortest reigning British monarch must have ruled after that date.

 

Geoff

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DING to Sharpeset

 

The shortest-reigning British monarch was Lady Jane Grey who ruled for 13 days from July 6, 1553 until July 19 (although she was only proclaimed queen by the Lords of the Council on July 10).

 

British, English, whatever: happy to accept the Ding....

 

Which explorer was the frst to sail through the northwest passage, going on to fix the position of the North magnetic Pole?

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British, English, whatever: happy to accept the Ding....

 

Which explorer was the frst to sail through the northwest passage, going on to fix the position of the North magnetic Pole?

I suspect you're thinking of Roald Amundsen - who navigated the Northwest passage at the beginning of the twentieth century. At least, he was the guy AFAICT who fixed the position of the North Pole. However, there is evidence that the Vikings navigated the Northwest passage centuries before, so Amundsen almost certainly wasn't the first.

 

Geoff

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British, English, whatever: happy to accept the Ding....

 

Which explorer was the frst to sail through the northwest passage, going on to fix the position of the North magnetic Pole?

I suspect you're thinking of Roald Amundsen - who navigated the Northwest passage at the beginning of the twentieth century. At least, he was the guy AFAICT who fixed the position of the North Pole. However, there is evidence that the Vikings navigated the Northwest passage centuries before, so Amundsen almost certainly wasn't the first.

 

Geoff

 

Well Roald Amundsen is the DING according to my Bamber Gascoigne Uni Challenge quiz book, so unless the vikings aregoing to object, over to you...

 

Pete

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Well Roald Amundsen is the DING according to my Bamber Gascoigne Uni Challenge quiz book, so unless the vikings aregoing to object, over to you...

Thanks Pete. However, Eric the Red is more likely to be the first than Amundsen - so I'll pass the ding back over to norsch, who gave that answer.

 

Geoff

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Well Roald Amundsen is the DING according to my Bamber Gascoigne Uni Challenge quiz book, so unless the vikings aregoing to object, over to you...

Thanks Pete. However, Eric the Red is more likely to be the first than Amundsen - so I'll pass the ding back over to norsch, who gave that answer.

 

Geoff

 

okey dokey: not sure Eric fixed magnetic north pole though... :P

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not Mary Queen of Scots

Are you sure? She was only 6 days old when she became Queen - so unless she was also the longest baby ever, I'd say she must be in the running...

 

edited to add - you did say British monarch, and not king or queen of Great Britain.

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OK I'll give you a DING for Mary Queen of Scots as she was only six days old, so she must have been the shortest.

 

I was however thinking of Matilda who was only 4' 2"

 

So over to you Sharpeset

 

Thanks: Changing topic: In which country would you find the Gullfoss and Godafoss waterfalls?

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Since I was a steam engineer in the Royal Navy, I hope it was the steam record. ISTR a news item last summer that the old record, which was held by a Stanley Steamer, had finally been broken after more than a century!

 

Geoff

 

Edited to add: darn it! I was too slow and Pharisee posted while I was editing my text :(

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