16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

On 16 July 1557, Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, died at Chelsea Old Manor after a few months of illness. Her body was embalmed and placed in a coffin covered with a cloth bearing her arms. Tapers were lit around her coffin and prayers said on a daily basis. On 4 August 1557, […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

| July 12, 2014

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. The ceremony was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was attended by around twenty courtiers and friends of the couple. Catherine’s supporters at the ceremony included her sister, Anne Herbert; Henry […]

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

| July 9, 2014

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

On 9th July 1540, Convocation declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void: “After mature deliberation, they have found the marriage null by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of Lorraine, that it was unwillingly entered into and never consummated, and […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

| July 3, 2014

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

On Wednesday 3rd July 1533, Catherine of Aragon’s chamberlain William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, was instructed to inform his mistress that she was to recognise her new title of “Princess Dowager” and to refrain from referring to herself as “Queen”. The annulment of Catherine’s marriage to Henry VIII had been declared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on […]

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

| June 30, 2014

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

On this day in 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, […]

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 […]

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s Coronation Procession

| June 23, 2014

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s Coronation Procession

On Saturday 23rd June, the eve of the coronation, Henry and his new queen, Catherine of Aragon, processed through London, from the Tower to Westminster. The procession started at 4pm, and consisted of the Knights of the Bath dressed in splendid blue gowns followed by Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, who had been made Constable […]

21 June 1529 – And to God I commit my cause!

| June 21, 2014

21 June 1529 – And to God I commit my cause!

On 21st June 1529 King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon appeared in front of Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. in 1528, Cardinal Wolsey had been made the Pope’s vice-regent in order “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” and Campeggio had been made […]