25 May 1553 – The marriage of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley

Posted By on May 25, 2018

On this day in history, 25th May 1553, Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and his wife, Frances Brandon, married Lord Guildford Dudley, at Durham Place, the London residence of Guildford’s father, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland.

It wasn’t the only wedding to take place that day at Durham Place. Jane’s sister, Lady Katherine Grey, married Lord Henry Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, and Guildford’s twelve-year-old sister, Lady Catherine Dudley, married Lord Henry Hastings.

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The Anne Boleyn Experience Tour Day 5

Posted By on May 22, 2018

Yum!

Apologies for not writing this sooner but I was travelling. So, what did day 5 bring?

The day started with the usual delicious Hever Castle breakfast. I haven’t mentioned the food, I don’t think, but it was out of this world. The chef at Hever went out of his way to help with our dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans and some serious food allergies) and every dish was divine. There was so much choice for breakfast (hot and cold) that I am finding it very hard to come back down to earth here at home. I want my halloumi and avocado on a toasted English muffin with grilled tomato! Where is it? Oh dear!

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