29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation River Procession

Posted By on May 29, 2014

The 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in honour of Queen Elizabeth II - perhaps Anne's procession looked something like this.

The 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in honour of Queen Elizabeth II – perhaps Anne’s procession looked something like this.

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey, but the coronation celebrations actually kicked off on 29 May 1533 with a river procession from Billingsgate to Greenwich Palace, where Anne joined the procession, and on to the Tower of London.

It must have been quite a spectacle, with around 120 large boats and 200 smaller ones making up the procession and mechanical dragons and monsters casting fire!

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.

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