Who was in the line-up?
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“A font chased with men, beastes, and fowles, half gilte, with a cover gilte, poiz together cciiij  oz.’
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Figure 11 ©The College of Arms, LondonBehind the canopy was the Lady Mary, Henry’s eldest daughter who was now 21, followed by her ladies and gentlewomen.Anne Boleyn had made Henry promise to never see his elder daughter, who had been declared a bastard when Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon, was annulled. Now, with both Anne and Katherine dead, Jane promoted reconciliation between Henry and his daughter, and this was Mary’s first public appearance. It’s really a dramatic statement, even if she has to be referred to as ‘the Lady Mary’ and renounce her status as a princess. Mary’s presence was a triumph for the faction at court that favoured a return to Catholicism.In the Chapel Royal, the prince was crowned ‘Edward, son and heir to the King of England, Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester’, but where were the royal couple? Strangely, but according to protocol they did not partake in either the procession or attend the christening itself. With Mary and Elizabeth supporting his train, he was carried back to the Queen’s apartments where his proud parents were waiting to greet him.The christening procession was recreated in 2015 as part of the 500th anniversary of the building of Hampton Court. The celebration was also part of a BBC programme with Lucy Worsley and David Starkey called Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court. You can view a short clip of this on the BBC website. Please note, unfortunately this clip is only available for UK viewers.
A History of Royal Food and Feasting
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