Royal Destination - Sluis - A beautiful destination in Zeelandic Flanders, The Netherlands

Sluis The Netherlands - own picture taken in 2018



In Zeelandic Flanders, one of the southern provinces of the Netherlands,
a wonderful royal and historic destination is located. It is called Sluis.

Although there are not much historic buildings left, Sluis certainly is
worth to pay a visit.

Some royal History

In 1340 the Battle of Sluis was fought between King Edward III of England
and King Philip VI of France during the Hundred Years' War. This ended in
a victory for England. King Edward III of England became master over the
channel.


Battle of Sluis
Source picture: Wikipedia


On 23 June 1468, Margaret of York left England to marry Charles the Bold,
Duke of Burgundy. She arrived on 25 June 1468 in Sluis. There she stayed
a (few) days, where she met Isabella, the dowager Duchess of Burgundy and
Margaret's future mother in law. Margaret also met her future stephdaughter
Mary. This meeting would be a success because the three women remained
friends during the rest of their life.

On 23 June 1468 Margaret met her future husband, Charles the Bold. Later that
week the couple married in Damme, afterwards they made a joyful entry in
Bruges.


Margaret of York
Source picture: Wikipedia



Sluis played another important role in history. This was during the Eighty Years'
War (1568 - 1648)  between Spanish and Dutch troops.

Nowadays

Now Sluis is a peacefull municipality with lots of shops, and beautiful views.
It is a nice place to spend the afternoon.

Sluis The Netherlands taken in 2018


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