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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 […]

Events of 1533

| May 22, 2014

Events of 1533

25th January 1533 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn marry in a secret ceremony. February 1533 – Anne talks of a craving for apples, she is pregnant. March 1533 – Henry’s court preachers proclaim the “virtues and secret merits” of Anne Boleyn while proclaiming that his marriage to Catherine is invalid. 26th March 1533 – […]

The White Falcon Coronation Song

| November 5, 2013

The White Falcon Coronation Song

Leanda de Lisle has just published a post on her blog about how Tamsin Lewis, an expert in Tudor music, has matched the lyrics of The White Falcon, a ballad performed at Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession on 31st May 1533, with a Tudor tune. You can read more about this news in Leanda’s article – […]

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation

| June 1, 2013

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation

1st June 1533, Whitsun, was the fourth and final day of Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation events and was the big day: the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The Mayor of London, aldermen, sheriffs and Council of the City of London took a barge to Westminster at 7am and there waited for the Queen. Anne arrived […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Begin

| May 29, 2013

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Begin

Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen on 1st June at Westminster Abbey, but the coronation celebrations actually began on 29th May, the day after Archbishop Cranmer had proclaimed the validity of Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII. The first day of celebrations consisted of a river pageant along the Thames, a procession which took Anne Boleyn from […]

London Calling, July 2012 by Marilyn Roberts

| July 12, 2012

London Calling, July 2012 by Marilyn Roberts

Today we have an article from author and historian Marilyn Roberts who you will remember from her wonderful articles on the Howards and Norfolk House. Thank you, Marilyn! 5th July I’m on the terrace of Buckingham Palace, in a large white marquee done out with duck egg blue fixtures, having a glass of Sandringham Apple […]

31st May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2012

31st May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

At 5pm on the 31st, Anne left the Tower confines to begin her procession through the streets of London to Westminster Hall. Edward Hall describes how the streets were gravelled and railed off, so that people would not get hurt. Cornhill and Gracehurch Street were decorated with scarlet and crimson cloth, arras, tapestries and carpets, […]

30th May 1533 – The Knights of the Bath

| May 30, 2012

30th May 1533 – The Knights of the Bath

Part of coronation celebrations in medieval and Tudor times was the Order of the Bath ceremony, where men were created Knights of the Bath. In 1533, Anne Boleyn’s coronation, this event took place in the Tower of London on the night of the 30th/31st May. Eighteen Knights of the Bath were created: The Marquess of […]