4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

Posted By on June 4, 2016

Jane Seymour-Hans_Holbein_d._J._032b Following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and her first public apearance as queen on 2nd June, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich on Sunday 4th June 1536, Whitsun.

Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded it:

“Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed Queene at Greenewych, and went in procession, after the King, with a great traine of ladies followinge after her, and also ofred at masse as Queen, and began her howsehold that daie, dyning in her chamber of presence under the cloath of estate.”

Queen Anne Boleyn’s household had been broken up on 13th May 1536, two days before her trial, and although her staff were discharged many of them were back at court by 4th June 1536 to serve the new queen. It’s hard to imagine how they must have felt about going from one queen to another in just three weeks.

Also on this day in history, 4th June 1550, Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart at the royal palace of Sheen. Click here to read more.

Notes and Sources

  • Wriothesley, Charles (1875) A chronicle of England during the reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559 Volume 1, Camden Society, p. 43-44.

7 thoughts on “4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed”

  1. Banditqueen says:

    If Jane Seymour was given all the normal proclamations and ceremonies for a new Queen, why do you think she was not crowned?

    Was it for any of the excuses Henry may or may not have come out with, plague in the city, very plausible but it did not last all year, there were rumours of trouble, or the queen was pregnant, and so on?

    Did Henry merely want to make sure that the pregnancy went well and was a son, with a coronation once Jane had recovered?

    Had Henry got enough cash for the elaborate coronation that he seems to have at least dreamed of planning? The revenues from the monasteries and other taxes had not been received to the royal coppers as the full dissolution had not yet been concluded, the larger monasteries were still open, the first fruits and other revenues were still being gathered? I suspect that in 1536 Henry Viii was short of ready cash, had other concerns and his wife was not yet pregnant. There was also the little matter of northern rebellions, that took all of his limited resources, stretched the King, threatened his safety and crown and made any coronation between October 1536 and the last executions in July 1537 impossible. By time it was over, Jane was quickening with child, Henry was broke and he did not want to risk any embarrassment if Jane had a girl. Jane was heavily pregnant, plague possibly was in the city, it was a very hot Summer and Henry was being far more cautious than he had for several years, plus I actually think he was broke.

    1. Claire says:

      There is the theory that the coronation was postponed because of plague and then she became pregnant, but I think Henry was wary of spending so much money again when he still didn’t have a son and heir. I think he wanted to make sure that Jane was going to provide him with a prince first before he spent all that money.

      1. Banditqueen says:

        Hi Claire, yes I think you have hit the nail on the head, the coronation for Anne Boleyn was enormously expensive. Henry was being careful about the delivery of the promised son before splashing out again.

        1. Ana Gomez says:

          Surely he had to be cautious ,he did not want to make himself a fool once again …..having a daughter instead of the long awaited male heir he had been seeking for so long ! Also ” no cash ” …..better wait and see !

  2. Christine says:

    Yes I also think that Henry was maybe trying to be more frugal than he had been, he had wasted an enormous amount of money since he came to the throne.

  3. Maryann Pitman says:

    Henry was broke at this time. The Dissolution had not yet poured vast sums into his coffers as yet, and he had spent the huge Treasury his father left him. Had Jane lived, she would surely have been crowned. Interesting no coronation occurred after this, isn’t it?

  4. Banditqueen says:

    Jane Seymour had everything, a river pageant, proclaimed Queen in public and a ball. Everything but a coronation as Henry wanted to ensure that any child was a boy and he planned one even more sumptuous than that of Queen Anne. He had a beautiful galleon with all forms of mythical beast designed like one used by the Doge of Venice. Henry didn’t want the embarrassment he had felt after Elizabeth, although there is no evidence he was disappointed by her birth. However, he wasn’t going to take a chance as this would be expensive. He made various excuses, but in reality he was waiting on their children.

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