The Tudor Society

19 July – Mary I is proclaimed queen

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1553, the reign of Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey) was brought to an end when Mary, the late King Edward VI's half-sister, was officially proclaimed queen in London.

In today's talk,I share contemporary sources which tell us of how this news was celebrated in London. I also give brief details of another significant "on this day" event.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1543 – Death of Mary Boleyn (married names: Carey and Stafford), sister of the late Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not known where she was buried.
  • 1545 - Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets.
  • 1551 – Marriage treaty between King Edward VI and Elizabeth, daughter of Henry II, King of France.
  • 1553 - Mary I was proclaimed queen in place of Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey).
  • 1584 – Death of three year-old Robert Dudley, Baron Denbigh, son of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and his wife, Lettice, at Wanstead. He was laid to rest in the Beauchamp Chapel of St Mary's Church, Warwick, and his tomb pays tribute to “the noble imp”.
  • 1596 – Death of Sir Francis Knollys, courtier, politician, privy councillor and Treasurer of the Household in Elizabeth I's reign. He was buried at Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire. Knollys was married to Catherine Carey, daughter of William Carey and Mary Boleyn.

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19 July – Mary I is proclaimed queen