29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

Posted By on May 29, 2015

The flotilla of man-powered boats at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee procession 2012

The flotilla of man-powered boats at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession 2012

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 but her coronation wasn’t just a one day event, the celebrations and pageantry were spread over four days. The Milanese ambassador estimated that the celebrations cost the City of London around £46,000 and Henry half that again – phew!

The first event took place on Thursday 29th May 1533. It was a river procession down the Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich Palace, where the Queen was picked up, and then on to the Tower of London where Anne would stay until the eve of her coronation.

The river procession comprised “some 120 large craft and 200 small ones” and included a wherry bearing a great dragon which was was “continually moving and casting wildfire” and another wherry bearing Anne Boleyn’s falcon badge. You can read all about the procession in my article 29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins and you can find out more about the events of 1533 at The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort. It must have looked similar to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession in 2012 (see photo above) – an amazing spectacle.

1 thought on “29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off”

  1. Leslie says:

    All of this while approximately 6 months pregnant with Elizabeth! Amazing.

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