A Fair Lady is Born


Between 3 and 4pm on the afternoon of Sunday 7 September 1533 in the 25th year of King Henry VIII’s reign Queen Anne Boleyn was delivered of a ‘fair lady’ ie daughter at the King’s Manor at Greenwich. Even though Eustace Chapuys the Spanish Ambassador was soon writing to his master Charles V that the child was to be called Mary, she was in fact named Elizabeth, probably after both Grandmothers and her paternal Great Grandmother.

th-83 Queen Anne’s Announcement of the Princess’ Birth

The formal announcement by the Queen had been prepared in advance of the birth and so confident were the parents, the royal physicians and the astrologers that the child would be a boy the word prince had to be amended with two ss before it could be released.

The christening of the new princess three days later was a majestic affair. It took place on Wednesday…

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