30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

Posted By on May 30, 2015

Henry VIII and Jane SeymourOn Tuesday 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth, in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall).

Henry and Jane had become betrothed on 20th May, the day after the execution of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and chronicler Charles Wriothesley actually dates their marriage to the 20th:

“Also the 20th daie of Maie d the King was maried secreetlie at Chelsey, in Middlesex, to one Jane Seymor, daughter to Sir John Seymor, knight, in the countie of Wilshire, late departed from this lief, which Jane was first a way ting gentlewoman to Queene Katherin, and after to Anne Bolleine, late Queene, also; and she was brought to White Hall, by Westminster, the 30th daie of Maie, and their sett in the Queene’s seate under the canapie of estate royall.”1

However, John Husee wrote to Lord Lisle on 31st May informing him that “The King was married yesterday in the Queen’s closet at York Place or Manor”.2 Edward Hall just writes that the couple married “the weke before Whitsontyde”.3

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29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

Posted By on May 29, 2015

The flotilla of man-powered boats at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee procession 2012

The flotilla of man-powered boats at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession 2012

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 but her coronation wasn’t just a one day event, the celebrations and pageantry were spread over four days. The Milanese ambassador estimated that the celebrations cost the City of London around £46,000 and Henry half that again – phew!

The first event took place on Thursday 29th May 1533. It was a river procession down the Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich Palace, where the Queen was picked up, and then on to the Tower of London where Anne would stay until the eve of her coronation.

The river procession comprised “some 120 large craft and 200 small ones” and included a wherry bearing a great dragon which was was “continually moving and casting wildfire” and another wherry bearing Anne Boleyn’s falcon badge. You can read all about the procession in my article 29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins and you can find out more about the events of 1533 at The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort. It must have looked similar to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession in 2012 (see photo above) – an amazing spectacle.

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