If you read my blog post “Henry VIII Coronation Weekend” last week, you’ll know that the Historic Royal Palaces were putting on a Coronation river pageant and special festivities at Hampton Court Palace over the weekend. Well, the Historic Royal Palaces have just released photos of this wonderful event and I have made a slideshow of them for you to enjoy:-

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(Photos from HRP and NTI. Photographers – Daniel Deme, Frantzesco Kangaris and Richard Lea-Hair)

British Library Coronation Event

This Wednesday, 24th June, is the 500 year anniversary of Henry VIII’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, an event which he shared with his new bride, Catherine of Aragon.

There are many events going on in the UK to celebrate Henry’s accession to the throne (21st April 1509) and you can find out more about events, exhibitions, podcasts etc. on the Henry VIII Resources page or in my Henry VIII 500 Year Celebrations post. However, one event that I have not mentioned is the special late night opening of the British Library on Wednesday 24th June:-

“Late at the Library: A Night with Henry VIII”

Wed 24 Jun 2009, 19.00 – 23.00, Entrance Hall, British Library. Price: £10, including access to exhibitions. The British Library press release says:

“Exactly 500 years since Henry VIII’s coronation, the British Library is celebrating England’s most infamous monarch with a lavish late night of Tudor festivities on 24 June 2009.

The opening procession starts at lunchtime with a free coronation concert by acclaimed vocal consort Alamire, accompanied by harpist Andrew Lawrence-King and wind ensemble QuintEssential. Alamire will perform music including The Rose Canon, from a Flemish choir book gifted to King Henry VIII in 1516 , which can be seen in the Henry VIII: Man and Monarch exhibition. Aural delights include a hymn in honour of Henry and Flemish motets composed by Sampson and De Opitiis, as well as music composed by Henry himself.

Loyal subjects with nine-to-five jobs can hear Alamire perform again in the evening as part of the British Library’s late night with Henry. Tickets are priced £10 and include entry to the Henry VIII: Man and Monarch exhibition (worth £9): http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event92482.html

For one evening only, the British Library swaps librarians for the King’s favourite jesters, performers and comedians. The evening’s revelry will be topped off by a live performance by medieval psychedelic rockers Circulus.”

It looks a fantastic evening so make sure you go if you’re in London on Wednesday.

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10 thoughts on “Henry VIII’s Coronation Anniversary”
  1. I notice that the boat with Henry on has a large flag on the back with… E R … not H R . Do you know why? Is it all a mistake or is there some legal reason?

    Great post about the Henry anniversary, keep us updated.

  2. Hello AnneWasFramed (my husband!!!),

    It’s definitely not a mistake. I think it’s probably because Elizabeth II is the present queen and so is out of respect for her. Perhaps they are not allowed to fly the flag of another monarch, even historical.

  3. I can actually answer the question for AnneWasFramed…

    That boat is a royal shallop called ‘Jubilant’ and was built in 2002. It is officially Queen Elizabeth II’s shallop currently and as such, flies her flag. They can use “HR” at the Historic Royal Palaces because they no longer belong to the sovereign.

    But the shallop has been used several times for a variety of historical reenactments (as Queen Cleopatra’s boat and Lord Nelson’s Hearse).

    Thanks for the slideshow Claire! Wish I was there!!! :o(

    1. Thanks for answering my husband’s question, Kristian, you’ve got him off my case now! So, the shallop belongs to the Queen, that’s interesting and I wonder if she ever uses it herself!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the slideshow and it is so frustrating when you can’t get to events isn’t it?!

  4. Thanks for posting these great pictures:) I’m so glad I found this site! I’ve been an Anne fan since I was 10 and love reading anything related to her, so I’m thrilled I found this.

  5. Hi Claire, thanks for posting this site, I have been a fan of Anne Boleyn ever since I was a little girl and am so delighted over finding this site! Thanks for keeping it updated and fresh as well! =)


    1. Hi Brittney,
      Welcome to the site and I’m glad you found us! It’s quite an new site but is growing all the time – my labour of love!

  6. All very pretty, but as a historical costumier, some things bug the hell out of me… why is ‘Catherine of Aragon’ wearing a French Hood and a French gown? These are fashions popularised by Anne, and post 1536, temporarily quashed by Jane until CH’s influence on fashion became apparent. The costumes, although nice to look at, are a real mish-mash of styles and fabrics.

  7. I agree with you, Molly, Catherine of Aragon and Jane Seymour were famous for wearing the traditional English gable hood which did not show much hair. The Historic Royal Palaces obviously need to employ someone like you!

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