29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation river procession

| May 29, 2019

29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation river procession

Every year, I find it very odd to go from talking and writing about the events leading up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution in May 1536 to suddenly writing about the celebrations leading up to her coronation on 1st June 1533. I find it hard to get my head around how Anne Boleyn could go […]

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 […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s coronation fun begins

| May 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th May 1533, the day after Archbishop Cranmer had proclaimed that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was valid, the celebrations for the new queen’s forthcoming coronation commenced. The celebrations would last for four days, from 29th May to the coronation ceremony and banquet on 1st June, Whitsun. These celebrations […]

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 29, 2016

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

On Thursday 29 May 1533, two days after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the celebrations for Anne’s coronation began in earnest. The four days of celebrations kicked off with a river procession, or pageant, down the River Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

| May 29, 2015

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 but her coronation wasn’t just a one day event, the celebrations and pageantry were spread over four days. The Milanese ambassador estimated that the celebrations cost the City of London around £46,000 and Henry half that again – phew! The first event took place on Thursday […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation River Procession

| May 29, 2014

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation River Procession

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey, but the coronation celebrations actually kicked off on 29 May 1533 with a river procession from Billingsgate to Greenwich Palace, where Anne joined the procession, and on to the Tower of London. It must have been quite a spectacle, with around 120 large […]