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The coronation of King Henry VIII of England. – 1509

The coronation of King Henry VIII of England. – 1509

The coronation was accompanied by great ceremonies, characteristic of the time, as well as the abundant celebration of the young royal couple.

King Henry VIII of England he was crowned June 24, 1509, at the famous Westminster Abbey. It was a Catholic coronation, for it was only this king during his later reign who introduced Protestantism into England. King Henry VIII he was 17 at the time of his coronation, and he turned 18 only four days later (he was born June 28, 1491).

With Henry VIII. on the same day his wife Catherine of Aragon, whom he had married only 13 days earlier in Greenwich near London, was also crowned. The coronation was accompanied by great ceremonies, characteristic of the time, as well as the abundant celebration of the young royal couple. The coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey was presided over by the then Archbishop of Canterbury William Warham, as the chief representative of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in England. Archbishop Warham was also the English Lord Chancellor at the time, and remained faithful to the Catholic Church until his death (the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, accepted Protestantism).

During the coronation at Westminster Abbey, Queen Catherine of Aragon sat, according to sources, on a lower throne than the king. The banquet held in Westminster after the coronation was especially lavish, and ceremonial knightly tournaments were organized.

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