Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Ormond and Wiltshire, was crowned queen in Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer on Whit Sunday 1st June 1533. The celebrations took place over four days. She travelled from Greenwich to the Tower of London by river. On 31st May she rode through the City of London to Westminster.

None of Henry's later wives had a coronation. After her execution on 19th May 1536 she was buried in the chapel of St Peter within the Tower of London.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

The drama of Alice Hunt, 2008

Lives of the Queens of England by Agnes Strickland, vol. 2, 1872 (full account of her coronation)

The family home at Hever Castle in Kent can be visited.


19th May 1536


1st June 1533

Painting of Anne Boleyn wearing a dark dress with elaborate pearl decorations
Anne Boleyn by Unknown English artist

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