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15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

| January 15, 2019

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

15th January has two very important “on this day in Tudor history” events. On 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. This followed the passing of the Act of Supremacy in November 1534. Click here to read more about this. Twenty-four years later, on […]

10 September 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s daughter is baptised

| September 10, 2018

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, a future Queen of England was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. The little princess was the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and she would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. The […]

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2018

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

On 9th August 1588, the fifty-four-year-old Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn gave a rousing speech. She gave it to the English troops that had been gathered at Tilbury Fort by her good friend, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in anticipation of the expected invasion by the […]

31 July 1544 – 10-year-old Elizabeth writes to her beloved stepmother

| July 31, 2018

31 July 1544 – 10-year-old Elizabeth writes to her beloved stepmother

On this day in history, 31st July 1544, ten-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. It’s the earliest surviving letter written by the future Queen Elizabeth I, and Mary Anne Everett Green, editor of Letters of […]

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

| March 24, 2018

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

On this day in history, 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty-nine. She was the third of Henry’s children to be monarch but reigned for far longer than her siblings, ruling for 44 years and 127 days. […]

15 January 1559 – The Coronation of the Virgin Queen

| January 15, 2018

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle. Diarist and merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded: “The xv day was the coronation of queen Elizabeth at Westminster abbey, and there all […]

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

| November 17, 2017

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, died at St James’s Palace at the age of forty-two. Mary had named her half-sister, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth, as her heir and members of Mary’s council rushed to Hatfield to give the new queen the news of Mary’s death. On hearing […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

| September 10, 2017

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. She was baptised “Elizabeth” and would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. Her godparents were Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Centerbury; Agnes […]