31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, processed from the Tower of London, where she had been staying since her river procession on 29th May, to Westminster Hall.

This coronation procession is one of those events that I would love to travel back in time for, as it was a huge procession through the streets of London and there was lots of entertainment, including lavish pageants, orations, music, and wine flowing in the conduits and in fountains.

To be a citizen of London on that day! Wow!

Hear all about the pageantry in today’s video:

If you prefer to read articles, rather than watch videos or listen to talks, you can click here to read all about the procession.

Today is also the anniversary of the birth of Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1443 and you can read more about her over at the Tudor Society – click here.

And in 1529, a special legatine court opened at Blackfriars in London to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon – click here to read more.

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