Queen Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace


After Queen Anne Boleyn’s downfall in May 1536 King Henry VIII tried to have all trace of her existence removed from his court. He ordered carpenters and stonemasons to destroy every trace of her from his palaces. Although in the main this royal order was carried out there are two examples left at Hampton Court Palace that give us a glimpse into the symbolism that was often used in the Tudor Court.

IMG_1192 H&A motif

The motif carved on the wooden panel above is in the great hall at Hampton Court Palace. It is a lover’s knot bearing the couples’ intials entwined with honeysuckle. Between 1533 and 1536 these emblems were scattered all over Hampton Court Palace and other royal residences.

IMG_1189 Queen Anne Boleyn’s Falcon Badge

The other example is Anne’s falcon badge, which was part of the masonry also at Hampton Court Palace. The white falcon was associated with the…

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