29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s coronation fun begins

| May 29, 2017

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s coronation fun begins

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 […]

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

| June 1, 2016

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

On 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The following text is a contemporary account from The noble tryumphaunt coronacyon of Quene Anne, wyfe unto the most noble kynge Henry VIII, a pamphlet printed by Wynkyn de Worde […]

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, just under three years before her execution on 19th May 1536, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn was enjoying the celebrations surrounding her coronation, which was scheduled to take place on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey. On 31st May 1533, her coronation procession took place, with the queen processing through […]

30 May 1533 – 18 men created Knights of the Bath

| May 30, 2016

30 May 1533 – 18 men created Knights of the Bath

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. Chronicler Edward Hall records: “On Friday at dinner served the king all such as were appointed by his highness to be knights of the […]

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2015

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

On Whit Sunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer at Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had waited six years for this day and they must have felt real triumph and joy. Anne was queen and she was pregnant, all was good with the world. The […]

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 […]

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2014

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

On 1st June 1533, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey. She was crowned by Archbishop Cranmer with the crown of St Edward, which had previously only been used for crowning the reigning monarch. You can read all about the coronation ceremony and banquet in my article Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation. You […]

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

| May 30, 2014

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533 eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath at the Tower of London as part of Anne Boleyn’s coronation celebrations. The men included Sir Frances Weston, who would be executed for adultery with Anne in 1536; the Marquess of Dorset, Frances Brandon’s husband and son-in-law of Charles Brandon, […]