7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

| June 7, 2017

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 […]

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

| October 12, 2013

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

At 2am on Friday 12th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Hampton Court Palace. The prince who Henry VIII had been waiting for since 1509 was named Edward, probably because he was born on the eve of the feast day of St Edward the Confessor. Church bells around […]