Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II!

| April 21, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II!

A very happy 90th birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen has two birthdays, her official birthday which is usually celebrated on the second Saturday in June and her actual birthday which is 21st April. Her birthday is marked by a number of gun salutes including at the Tower of London. The Tower of London […]

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

| January 18, 2016

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

On 18th January 1486, just under five months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry had been crowned on […]

New Children’s History Books

| November 24, 2015

New Children’s History Books

Congratulations to historian Amy Licence and author and illustrator Alan Wybrow on the releases of their new children’s books. Alan Wybrow’s new fiction series for children, Tudor Tales,is aimed at Key Stage 1 children (Kindergarten to 1st Grade, age 5+) and the first in the series, Tudor Tales: William at Hampton Court, introduces the fictional […]

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2015

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at St James’s Palace, London. She was just forty-two years of age and had reigned for only five years and four months. She passed the throne on to her half-sister, Elizabeth, the twenty-five year-old daughter of […]

24 September 1486 – The Christening of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

| September 24, 2015

24 September 1486 – The Christening of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

On 24th September 1486, four days after his birth, Arthur, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was christened at a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral. During Elizabeth of York’s pregnancy, Arthur’s grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, had written a set of ordinances for the birth of […]

Mary Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II

| September 10, 2015

Mary Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II

I’ve had a few people ask why I, as an owner of an Anne Boleyn website, have been involved in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day she became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Well, there are three answers to the question: I’m British and I have the greatest respect for my royal family, […]