On this day, 485 years ago, King Henry VIII announced to his council that the current Marquess of Pembroke Anne Boleyn was now his wife, his lawfully wedded wife.
On April 11th 1533 King Henry VIII announced to his council that Anne Boleyn was now his wife and queen. He ordered her to be accorded with Royal Honours too. Due to this marriage Henry’s now ‘former wife’ Catherine of Aragon was to be referred to as ‘Dowager Princess of Wales’, this went against everything that Henry had once fought for to make Catherine his wife for he had married his former brothers wife.
Due to Catherine’s word Henry believed that Catherine and his brother Arthur had never actually consummated their marriage, but since no male heir ever lasting during the pair Henry was led to believe that God was punishing him for marrying his brothers wife, he was sinning and God would not grant him the son he longed for. So when Anne came around all young, beautiful and promising him a son Henry saw his marriage to Catherine as already over, he now wanted Anne.
Anne’s coronation was said to have been made into a big affair; including a water pageant, coronation procession and her being crowned with the crown of St Edward the Confessor, something that at the time was only ever used on monarchs. Their marriage however did not last long regardless of the 7 years it actually took Henry to get Anne, for she was beheaded on May 19th, 1536 for treason and only birthed Henry one living child… the future Tudor queen, Elizabeth 1st.
With love, Charlotte x