This is part two of Esther Hyams’ poem about the coronation of Anne Boleyn, and it forms part of a series of poems on Anne’s life.
Queen Anne’s Coronation
Part 2 – The crowning of Queen Anne
On 1st June, 1533 was the coronation of Queen Anne
A six-month pregnant queen – no longer Mistress Anne.
In the morning, at 8 o’clock, accompanied by the peers of England
Anne proceeded to Westminster Abbey – spectacular and grand.
Accompanied by noble ladies in their magnificent robes of estate
Along with the nobles of the realm in parliament robes so great.
Then from Archbishop Cranmer, Anne received her crown
Feeling from now, that nothing could ever bring her down.
This was Anne Boleyn’s great moment of magnificent glory
But it was only the beginning of a tempestuous story.
There was then a banquet, after leaving Westminster Hall
The next day there would be a great joust, viewed by all.
But the banquet, the Queen Consort would enjoy alone
Monarchs did not attend these ceremonies when not their own.
And even if England did not feel itself fully happily appeased
King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn still felt well pleased.
By Esther Hyams
Click here to read the next poem – “Popes and Passions”.