On Tuesday 30th May, just eleven days after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII married Jane Seymour in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall), the property renovated by himself and Anne.
The King and Jane Seymour had become betrothed on 20th May, a day after Anne’s execution, but did not marry immediately because the speed of their relationship sounded “ill in the ears of his people”. As if an extra ten days made any difference!
David Starkey believes that Jane was probably kept in seclusion at Chelsea between the betrothal and her wedding day, after which she took her place at the King’s side as Queen. Sir John Russell wrote to Lord Lisle about Jane’s first appearance as Queen:
“On Friday last [2nd June] the Queen sat abroad as Queen, and was served by her own servants, who were sworn that same day. The King came in his great boat to Greenwich that day with his privy chamber, and the Queen and the ladies in the great barge.”
Jane was officially proclaimed Queen at Greenwich Palace on 4th June 1536, Whitsun.
Snippets taken from a chapter of Claire Ridgway’s The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown