Queen Anne Boleyn’s Crown

On Sunday 1st of June 1533 Anne Boleyn made her way across a blue carpeted raised platform from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for her coronation.

London, Westminster Abbey, 1815

After being anointed with oil she sat in St Edwards Chair and after 7 years of waiting the Crown of St Edward was placed upon her head and she was declared Queen of England. It was the first time in history a Queen Consort had been crowned with all the honours of a Regnant Monarch. The only honour missing was the Coronation Oath.

However she wasn’t crowned with the St Edwards Crown that we know and recognise today.

That crown was created for Charles II’s coronation in 1661 because in 1649 an Act of Parliament was passed that lead to most of the crown jewels, including St Edward’s Crown either being sold to the highest bidder or melted down into coins.  So what did the crown that Archbishop Thomas Cranmer used to crown Anne Boleyn look like?

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Eliazbeth II wearing St Edwards’ Crown

Well certainly very different from the crown placed on Elizabeth II’s head in June 1953. 

After much searching the best source I can find is the Flores Historiarum held at Chetham Library. It contains an illustration from Edward the Confessor’s coronation showing a very plain crown being placed on his head.   The Flores Historiarum was a universal chronicle, the majority of its contributions were completed at the royal abbey of St Albans. Please click the link below.

 

 

Chetham Library

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