26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2017

26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On this day in history, Tuesday 26th August 1533, Anne Boleyn, second wife and queen consort of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her child by “taking her chamber”, i.e. entering a female only environment, for the final weeks of her pregnancy. It was usual for a woman in those times to take […]

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2016

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On Tuesday 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn ‘took’ to her chamber to prepare for the birth of her first child, who would, of course, be the future Queen Elizabeth I. Chronicler Edward Hall records that in the summer of 1533 “the kyng kept his progresse about London, because of the Quene”1 and we know […]

Queen Anne Boleyn takes to her chamber

| August 26, 2015

Queen Anne Boleyn takes to her chamber

On 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn took to her chamber to prepare for the birth of her first child, the future Elizabeth I. Anne’s “taking her chamber” ceremony took place at Greenwich Palace. A heavily pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn attended a special mass at the palace’s Chapel Royal and then processed with her ladies […]