June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

| June 7, 2022

June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

On this day in Tudor history, 7th June 1536, on the River Thames, there were celebrations for England’s new queen. Jane Seymour had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and the king wanted to celebrate his third marriage. The celebrations consisted of a river pageant from Greenwich Palace to Whitehall Palace, and you […]

June 2 – The new queen is seen!

| June 2, 2022

June 2 – The new queen is seen!

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd June 1536, just two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Anne Boleyn, the new queen, Jane Seymour, made her first public appearance. Find out more about Queen Jane Seymour’s appearance at Greenwich Palace, and also about Jane Seymour herself, in this video… Transcript:

May 27 – England celebrates Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

| May 27, 2022

May 27 – England celebrates Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

On this day in Tudor history, 27th May 1537, just under a year after Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, news spread that the queen had felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The good news sparked off celebrations in London, Calais, Oxford and York. But how did the people celebrate? In this […]

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

| April 17, 2021

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of King Edward VI and the sister of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector, and Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley. Even though she was queen for a relatively short period, Jane Seymour is still an interesting Tudor lady, and in […]

7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

| June 7, 2017

7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, there were celebrations for the new queen, Queen Jane. Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and former lady-in-waiting to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, on 30th May 1536. Their relationship caused a bit of a stir, with Anne Boleyn […]

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

| June 2, 2015

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

On this day in history, Friday 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, made her first public appearance at Greenwich. Sir John Russell recorded this in a letter to Lord Lisle: “On Friday last [2nd June] the Queen sat abroad as Queen, and was served by her own servants, who were sworn that […]

7 June 1536 – A Water Pageant for Queen Jane

| June 7, 2014

7 June 1536 – A Water Pageant for Queen Jane

On 7th June 1536, a water pageant was held on the Thames in honour of the new queen, Jane Seymour. Charles wriothesley recorded the event in his chronicle: “Also, the 7th daie of June, being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, the King and the Queene went from Grenewych to Yorke Place, at Westminster, by water, his […]

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

| October 24, 2013

Jane Seymour – Guest Post by Lauren Johnson

On this day in 1537, Jane Seymour died of puerperal fever at Hampton Court Palace. In this guest post, Lauren Johnson, a historian and author who regularly interprets Jane at Hampton Court Palace, considers how Jane ended up as Henry’s third – and many still argue ‘favourite’ – wife. Over the past five years in […]