St George’s Day 2014: A guide to England’s dragon-slaying, princess-saving patron saint

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(left to right) Glen Wright, Jeff Edwards and Ray Horn enjoy a pint during St George's Day celebrations in Leadenhall Market, in the City financial district of London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 23, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Happy St George’s Day! Did it creep up on you? It’s more than likely, since almost two-thirds of Britons have no idea that our saint’s day falls on 23 April each year.

So now that we’ve reminded you, why not kick off your day of celebration with everything you need to know about George the dragon-slayer…

Who was St George? St George is the patron saint of England. The story goes that he slayed a man-eating dragon and saved a princess at the same time.

Yep, sounds like something out of Game of Thrones, but the myth of George and the dragon has been kicking around for at least a thousand years, and probably a lot longer.

So did he really exist? Yes – but in reality, St George is believed to have been a third-century Roman soldier who was imprisoned, tortured and executed for protesting against Emperor Diocletian’s torture of…

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