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The Tudor Society

12 April – Queen Anne Boleyn makes an entrance with her sixty ladies

On this day in Tudor history, 12th April 1533, Anne Boleyn made her very first public appearance as King Henry VIII's official queen consort.

Anne made quite an entrance! Accompanied by sixty ladies and "loaded with jewels", she processed to Easter Eve mass at Greenwich Palace, setting tongues wagging.

Hear an account of this event in today's video:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1533 – Thomas Cromwell became Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • 1535 – Death of Giles Duwes (Dewes), musician, royal librarian and French tutor to Henry VIII's children: Arthur, Henry, Margaret and Mary, and to Henry VIII's daughter, the future Mary I. He also taught Mary I music. He was buried in the church of St Olave Upwell in London.
  • 1550 – Birth of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, courtier and poet. The Oxfordian theory of Shakespearean authorship proposes that de Vere wrote Shakespeare's works and some believe that he was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth I.
  • 1587 – Death of Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor to Elizabeth I, at York House in London. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. It was Bromley who had presented Elizabeth I with Parliament's petition for the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and it was he who applied the Great Seal on her execution warrant in 1587.
  • 1639 – Death of courtier Robert Carey, 1st Earl of Monmouth, youngest son of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, and grandson of Mary Boleyn.

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12 April – Queen Anne Boleyn makes an entrance with her sixty ladies