23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

Posted By on June 23, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 23rd June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his first wife, twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey.

The citizens of London must have been excited about seeing the new king and his bride, and it was a lavish spectacle with “no lack or scarcity of cloth of tissue, cloth of gold, cloth of silver, broderie, or of goldsmith’s works”.

In today’s “on this day in Tudor history video”, I share contemporary descriptions of the procession and the king and queen themselves.

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2 thoughts on “23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London”

  1. Michael Wright says:

    This would have been quite excing not just for the pageantry and spectacle but the first smooth transition from the previous king to the new in many decades. No pretenders coming out of the woodwork like his father had to deal with. All the hopes of England embodied in this 17year old and his Spanish wife so loved by the people. Nothing but good times ahead

  2. kevin says:

    hi claire . found your article on margrett pole really interesting. i felt really sorry for the poor lady having to go through that when she had done nothibg wrong it just shows what acruel people the tudors were. looking forward reading more of your blogs thannk you

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