15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

| October 15, 2014

15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

Today was the day in 1537 when three day-old Prince Edward, the future Edward VI, was christened in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. Edward’s eldest half-sister Mary stood as his godmother and his godfathers were Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. You can read a […]

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

| October 12, 2014

12 October 1537 – A Son At Last!

At two o’clock in the morning on Friday 12th October 1537, St Edward’s Day, Jane Seymour finally gave birth to the future King Edward VI after a long and tiring 30 hour labour. Henry VIII had a legitimate son and heir at long last! Church bells around London pealed in celebration, parish churches around the […]

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

| July 6, 2014

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

At sometime between 8pm and 9pm on 6th July 1553 fifteen year-old King Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace. He died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, and his last words were “I am faint; Lord have […]

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

| June 21, 2014

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

On 21st June 1553, letters patent were issued changing Edward VI’s heir from his half-sister Mary to Lady Jane Grey, the eldest daughter of Edward’s cousin Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. The following is taken from The chronicle of Queen Jane, and of two years of Queen Mary, and especially of the rebellion of Sir […]

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

| February 20, 2014

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

Following her birth on 18th February 1516, the future Mary I, was baptised on 20th February in the Church of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. The little princess was carried to the font by the Countess of Surrey and her godparents were Catherine Courtenay, Countess of Devon and daughter of Edward IV; Margaret Pole, Countess […]

15 October 1537 – Christening of the future Edward VI

| October 15, 2013

15 October 1537 – Christening of the future Edward VI

On 15th October 1537, three days after his birth, the future Edward VI, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, was christened in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. A document in the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII gives us the details of the christening: By the provision of God, Our […]

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

| October 12, 2013

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

At 2am on Friday 12th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Hampton Court Palace. The prince who Henry VIII had been waiting for since 1509 was named Edward, probably because he was born on the eve of the feast day of St Edward the Confessor. Church bells around […]

8th August 1553 – Burial of Edward VI at Westminster Abbey

| August 8, 2013

8th August 1553 – Burial of Edward VI at Westminster Abbey

On this day in 1553, King Edward VI was buried in a white marble vault beneath the altar of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded the funeral procession in his diary: “The viij day of August was bered the nobull kyng Edward the vj, and vij yere of ys rayne; […]