22nd April 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne and thoughout the year the Tower of London will be hosting events to celebrate.
Saturday 20 June
See a spectacular Tudor river pageant with a flotilla of traditional skiffs on the River Thames will mark the 500th anniversary weekend of Henry’s coronation.
King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon will depart the Tower of London accompanied by up to forty traditional oared craft destined for a party a Hampton Court Palace.
Henry’s loyal subjects are invited to line the banks of the River Thames between central London through Richmond and down to Hampton Court, cheering the King and his entourage as they pass by on their journey.
Meanwhile at the palace preparations will be underway in anticipation of the arrival of the royal couple, who will be greeted by music, dancing, performances from the King’s fools and a picnic in the palace’s Privy Garden. The palace will remain open until 10.00pm on this special day, so get ready to party like its 1509!
Sunday 21 June
The festivities continue at Hampton Court Palace with river games and other court activities throughout the day. By late afternoon the King and Queen’s flotilla will take leave of Henry’s favourite Tudor palace to sail back upriver marking the end of the historic weekend’s celebrations.
The Henry VII – Dressed to Kill exhibition at The Tower of London, which is on until 17 January 2010. For more details, click HERE