October 1 – Mary I is crowned queen

| October 1, 2022

October 1 – Mary I is crowned queen

On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen. Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, presided over the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Mary I’s coronation was a moment of real triumph for her, and she was England’s first […]

September 30 – Mary I’s coronation procession in London

| September 30, 2022

September 30 – Mary I’s coronation procession in London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 30th September 1553, Queen Mary I’s coronation procession took place in London. Mary, the daughter of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, processed through the city streets from the Tower of London to Westminster. The procession was a mile and a half long and must […]

Mary I’s Coronation

| October 1, 2016

Mary I’s Coronation

On this day in history, 1st October 1553, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester. Here are links to some articles I wrote for the Tudor Society on the lead-up to Mary’s coronation in 1553: Mary I’s Coronation Part 1 […]

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

| October 1, 2014

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

On Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned Queen Mary I at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. Here is a primary source account of her coronation: “Memorandum, the first dale of October, 1553, was quene Mary crowned; that daie she cam first by […]

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

| September 30, 2014

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

At 3pm on Saturday 30th September, Mary I left the Tower of London to the sound of guns firing and church bells ringing. This was her coronation procession and the next day she would be crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey. You can read a primary source account of Mary’s coronation in The chronicle […]

1 October 1553 – Coronation of Mary I

| October 1, 2013

1 October 1553 – Coronation of Mary I

On Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary I was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. At 11am, Mary processed into the Abbey, dressed traditionally, as a male monarch would be, in the usual state robes of crimson velvet. Before her processed the Bishop of Winchester, gentlemen, knights and councillors, the […]

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