8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

| July 8, 2014

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

On 8th July 1503, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, was part of the large retinue headed by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, and chosen by Henry VII to escort the 13 year-old Margaret Tudor to Edinburgh for her marriage to James IV of Scotland. The party had left Richmond Palace for the home of […]

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 […]

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 24, 2014

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

24th June, Midsummer’s Day, was the day chosen for the joint coronation of Henry VIII and his new bride Catherine of Aragon. It was a day associated with fairies and magic, and it was traditional for fires to be burned on Midsummer’s Eve to give the sun strength. David Starkey writes of how the new […]

The Tradition of Trooping the Colour

| June 14, 2014

The Tradition of Trooping the Colour

16th June is the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II (her real birthday is 21st April) and it is marked by the traditional Trooping the Colour parade on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, which takes place on the nearest Saturday (today). The parade is carried out by the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) […]

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

| June 7, 2014

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

The 7th June 1520, was the first day of the historic meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France between the English stronghold of Guînes and the French town of Ardres, on a piece of land referred to as the Field of Cloth of Gold. It was to last until 24th June. Henry VIII […]

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2014

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

On 1st June 1533, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey. She was crowned by Archbishop Cranmer with the crown of St Edward, which had previously only been used for crowning the reigning monarch. You can read all about the coronation ceremony and banquet in my article Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation. You […]

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2014

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

On this day in 1533, at 5pm, Anne Boleyn left the Tower of London in a procession which took her from the Tower, through the streets of London, to Westminster Hall. I wrote a detailed article about the route and its lavish spectacles last year – see 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession of […]

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

| May 30, 2014

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533 eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath at the Tower of London as part of Anne Boleyn’s coronation celebrations. The men included Sir Frances Weston, who would be executed for adultery with Anne in 1536; the Marquess of Dorset, Frances Brandon’s husband and son-in-law of Charles Brandon, […]