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29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins

| May 29, 2012

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins

Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation was a four day affair, beginning on the 29th May and culminating in the coronation ceremony on the 1st June, Whitsun. The pageantry began at 1pm on Thursday 29th May when the London livery companies’ fifty barges set off from Billingsgate. These sixty to seventy foot long barges, escorted by small […]

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

| December 8, 2011

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church, which dates back to the 7th century when Eastern churches began celebrating the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is the origin of the feast, but the feast day as we know it today in the West dates back to around the […]

1 June 1533 – The Coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2011

1 June 1533 – The Coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

Historian and Anne Boleyn biographer Eric Ives has written an excellent account of Anne Boleyn’s coronation in his book “The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn” and you can read my account based on that in my article 1st June 1533 – The Whit Sunday Coronation of Anne Boleyn. However, you may prefer to go […]

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2011

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

This day in history, 31st May 1533, saw the lavish and triumphant coronation procession of Anne Boleyn from the Royal Palace of the Tower of London to Westminster Hall in readiness for her coronation on the 1st June 1533. Anne and Henry had waited years for this moment so it is little wonder that the […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins

| May 29, 2011

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageantry Begins

The 29th May 1533 saw the start of the pageantry and celebrations which led up to the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, at Westminster Abbey on the 1st June. The Milanese ambassador estimated that the celebrations cost the City of London around £46,00o and Henry half that again, but the King […]

1st June 1533 – The Whit Sunday Coronation of Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2010

1st June 1533 – The Whit Sunday Coronation of Anne Boleyn

On the 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen at a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Anne was dressed in ermine trimmed purple velvet coronation robes and had a gold coronet on her head as she joined the procession assembled at Westminster Hall just before 9am. How beautiful she must have […]

Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 29, 2010

Queen Anne Boleyn

After the bloodshed of the past couple of weeks it’s nice to write about a happy event from Anne Boleyn’s life, her coronation. This is what Anne and Henry had been aiming for all those years, this was the icing on the cake and the opportunity for Henry VIII to show London that Anne Boleyn […]

Anne Boleyn’s Badge

| April 19, 2010

Anne Boleyn’s Badge

In the article “Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession” Nasim wrote about the display at Leadenhall where “a castle was constructed, with a ‘heavenly rouse’ at the top whilst red and white roses sprung forth. From this heavenly rose descended a falcon which landed on a stump. An angel in armour then descended and crowned the falcon.” […]