24 December 1545 – King Henry VIII’s last ever speech to Parliament

On 24th December 1545, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament.

Historian Robert Hutchinson describes the speech as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects.

Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally have given the address, but Wriothesley was unpopular at this time and the King wanted to address Parliament instead.

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