1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2018

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

On this day in history, 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The royal couple had waited six years for this day and it must have been such a moment of triumph, but I can imagine it must also have been […]

31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn processes through London

| May 31, 2018

On this day in history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn processed from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall. This coronation procession must have been a wonderful sight for the people of London. Not only was it a huge procession of people dressed in fine clothes […]

30 May 1533 – Sir Francis Weston is made a Knight of the Bath

| May 30, 2018

30 May 1533 – Sir Francis Weston is made a Knight of the Bath

I always find it weird going from marking the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution to writing about the celebrations for her coronation, but it’s the little things that really hit home. When I read the names of the men who were created Knight of the Bath on the night of 30/31 May 1533 and see […]

29 May 1533 – A spectacular river procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 29, 2018

Just ten days ago I was paying my respects to Queen Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London on the anniversary of her execution and now I’m writing about what must have been a happy and exciting time for Anne. Just three years separated these anniversaries. After around six years of waiting, Anne Boleyn was […]

28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer proclaims that the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

| May 28, 2018

28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer proclaims that the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

On this day in history, just four days before the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn, and just the day before the coronation celebrations kicked off, Thomas Cranmer, the recently appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, proclaimed the validity of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This proclamation at Lambeth Palace was the result of a […]

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s first public appearance as the official queen

| April 12, 2018

On this day in history, 12th April 1533, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, made her first public appearance as the king’s official queen consort. They had married secretly on 25th January 1533 and Anne was pregnant, but it was only on 11th April, when the king was sure that the annulment of his first […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn to be recognised as queen

| April 11, 2018

Not only was this day in 1533 an important day in the religious calendar, being Good Friday, it was also an important day for Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was on 11th April 1533 that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne as his rightful wife and queen, and to […]

2 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn as Queen Esther

| April 2, 2018

On Passion Sunday 1536, the fifth Sunday of Lent, which fell on 2nd April, Queen Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. The sermon’s topic was the Old Testament story of Queen Esther saving the Jews, as told in the Book of Esther. In a […]