1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

Posted By on June 1, 2018

On this day in history, 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.

The royal couple had waited six years for this day and it must have been such a moment of triumph, but I can imagine it must also have been a completely exhausting day for Anne, what with the long ceremony and then celebratory coronation banquet of around eight dishes – phew!

You can read all about Anne Boleyn’s coronation in my article 1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn, but as a special treat, both to mark this anniversary and to celebrate the release of The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Book today (whoop! whoop!), I thought you might like to print out and colour Dmitry’s beautiful colouring depicting the crowned Anne Boleyn. Just click on the image to enlarge it and print it out. The full colouring page is one of 34 in the book – click here for more information.

Do print it out and get started because I might just be announcing a colouring competition later today!

4 thoughts on “1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey”

  1. Christine says:

    It’s very warm today the 1st of June and rather humid due to the low cloud, I should imagine that day in June 1533 was very warm also, Anne must have felt quite hot and uncomfortable in her grand coronation robes, purple velvet the colour reserved for royalty trimmed with ermine, how queenly she must have looked walking barefoot to Westminster, does anyone know why she had no shoes on? I think it must be an ancient tradition, she had had three fun filled days of glorious pomp all done in her honour, and today was the last and the very peak of her glory, seated in St. Edwards chair with the orb and sceptre in her hands, and the crown restring on her head she could say to herself I have finally done it, against all the odds stacked in her favour, Katherines refusal to back down, the trial at Blackfriars the Pope in Rome and Charles V, the threat of war with Spain and trouble at home, Henrys ministers those who were against divorce, the hissing and booking of the people when she travelled with Henry, the mad nun Elizabeth Barton with her gloomy prophecies, she had defied them all, the feasting that followed with its many dishes including hogs head dressed peacock and pigeon, huge pies stuffed with blackbirds their heads poking out of the golden glazed pastry, the silver piled high with seasonal fruits, strawberries and dishes of thick cream, marchpane caked gilded and decorated with flowers, goblets of claret and burgundy maybe, all this sumptuous fare fit for a queen and there she sat at the head of it all, these type of meals seems gargantuan to us but they only picked at a few of each dishes, rather like a buffet table today, when one just nibbles a few sausage rolls vol u vents etc, whatever anyone could say about Anne that day her behaviour was exemplary, and as the afternoon wore on into evening she must have longed for it all to be over so she could climb out of her opulent robes and lie on her bed with her ladies fanning her, a cool linen cloth with lavender on her forehead, this day she surely recalled with bitter sweet remembrance as she waited for death in the Tower of London barely three years later, how had she climbed so high only to fall so dramatically, as Shakespeare himself was to write many years later in his play Henry V111 and referring to his second queen, ‘ Tis better to live among common folk than to be cast up and wear a golden sorrow’.

  2. Banditqueen says:

    This was Anne’s finest hour, the highest point of her triumph and the highest point of her short reign. She was very heavily pregnant and cannot have been very comfortable especially in the heat and layers of clothing, loose or not. It was symbolic of a pilgrimage or penitentiary going to the Abbey barefoot and of humility before God, but it was probably also a blessing as at least her feet might have felt cool. The poor woman had to also lay prostrate at the alter which couldn’t have been easy with her bump and she must have been very grateful that a few ladies were assigned to assist her. Anne must have enjoyed but been totally worn out.

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks Bq I wondered why she was barefoot, it probably was a blessing though as she must have had swollen feet and in the heat she would have felt a lot cooler.

  3. Roland H. says:

    Richard III and his wife Anne Neville were specifically mentioned as processing barefoot to their coronation.

    This was a medieval practice, but whether the Tudors still followed this tradition is not recorded.

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