Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 3 – 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession

On this day in history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, made her way in a huge procession from the Tower of London, throught the streets of London, to Westminster Hall.

This is another day I’d like to see – I really need a time machine!

As the pregnant queen made her way through London, there were stops for pageants, orations, music and entertainment. The peope of London could enjoy seeing the procession of people dressed in their finery with horses in lavish trapping, and, of course, there was the free wine at a special wine fountain and the conduit in Fleet Street. Amazing!

Find out more about this procession in this video:

Or you can read an article on it here.

On this day in Tudor history, 31st May 1529, a special legatine court opened at Blackfriars in London. The court’s purpose was to hear the case for an annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and it was presided over by papal legate Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

Find out about the context of this court, what happened at the court and what happened next in this video:

And here’s a video on Catherine of Aragon’s speech at Blackfriars:

And now for a bit of lightheartedness!
Tim thought he’d have some fun today by getting Claire to answer questions to determine which of Henry VIII’s wives she’s more like. Who will Claire be? Find out in this video.

Why don’t you do the quiz yourself? You can find it at
Please do share in the comments which of Henry VIII’s six wives you admire and which one you actually got as the answer in the quiz.

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