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The Union Of The Crowns Reel

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THE UNION OF THE CROWNS REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Mervyn C Short BHS 9 for 2015

1- 8 1s set, turn RH ½ way, dance down nearer hands joined below 3s, cast up into 2nd place opposite sides (2s step up 5-6)
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance mirror reels on sides (1s in and up to start), 1s end in 2nd place opposite sides
17-24 1s petronella turn (1M between 2s facing down, 1L between 3s facing up), 1s set, change places RH, cast to Right into 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Information

The Union of the Crowns was the accession of James VI of Scotland to the thrones of England and Ireland as James I, and the consequential unification for some purposes (such as overseas diplomacy) of the three realms under a single monarch on 24 March 1603.

The Union of the Crowns followed the death of James's cousin, Elizabeth I of England, the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

The Union was a personal or dynastic union, with the Crown of Scotland remaining both distinct and separate - despite James's best efforts to create a new "imperial" throne of "Great Britain".

England and Scotland continued as autonomous states sharing a monarch with Ireland (with an interregnum in the 1650s during the republican unitary state of the Commonwealth and the Protectorate), until the Acts of Union of 1707 during the reign of the last Stuart monarch, Anne.

The Union Of The Crowns - Information Video

Union Of The Crowns - England and Scotland with Minerva and Love
"England And Scotland With Minerva And Love" Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Oil On Panel, c. 1632 - 1633

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