Natalie Dormer as a pregnant Anne Boleyn in "The Tudors"
Natalie Dormer as a pregnant Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors”
Did you know that Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, was pregnant three times during her marriage to Henry VIII?

And did you know that we don’t know what happened with the second pregnancy?

Anne Boleyn’s first pregnancy was in 1533. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, a girl who would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I, on 7th September 1533.

Then, in April 1534, Anne was described as having “a goodly belly” by Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, and a trip to to France for Henry VIII to meet with Francis I was postponed in July 1534 because the queen was “so far gone with child she could not cross the sea with the King”. However, there is no mention in the records of Anne preparing for the birth of her child by taking to her chamber, and, indeed, no mention of the birth. It’s a bit of a mystery.

Anne’s third pregnancy sadly ended in a miscarriage on 29th January 1536. Anne was said to have been about 3 1/2 months pregnant at the time. It was to be her final pregnancy, for she was executed on 19th May 1536.

You can read more about the pregnancies of Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon in an article here, and more on Anne’s second pregnancy in my article Anne Boleyn’s mystery pregnancy.

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