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August 20 – A proxy wedding for James VI and Anne of Denmark

On this day in Tudor history, 20th August 1589, King James VI of Scotland married Anne of Denmark by proxy at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark.

Twenty-three-year old James had chosen fourteen-year-old Anne of Denmark as his bride after praying and meditating over portraits of her and Catherine of Navarre, and Anne was very excited about marrying him. Unfortunately, married bliss didn't last long.

Find out more about the proxy wedding, Anne's eventful voyage, their real wedding and their married life...

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August 20 – A proxy wedding for James VI and Anne of Denmark