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April 12 – Anne Boleyn causes quite a stir

On this day in Tudor history, 12th April 1533, Anne Boleyn caused quite a stir by attending mass wearing cloth of gold and the richest jewels, and attended by sixty ladies.

Why the stir?

Well, because her marriage to Henry VIII was still a secret. The royal council had only just been informed.

Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador was horrified. Anne had changed her name from Marchioness to Queen! She’d been prayed for as queen! She was being treated as queen.

It was a shock to the court. Catherine of Aragon was banished, but her marriage had not yet been annulled. Did England have 2 queens? Well, not according to Henry!

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April 12 – Anne Boleyn causes quite a stir