The Coronation of the Last Tudor King: Edward VI

20 February 1547: The Coronation of Edward Tudor at Westminster Abbey. Edward VI was the last Tudor King and the first true Protestant King of England. The ceremony was a stark contrast from previous ceremonies, emphasizing the transitioning from the old religion into the new religion.

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Edward VI. The last Tudor King. Edward VI. The last Tudor King.

Edward VI was the last Tudor King and the first true Protestant King of England. On the eve of his coronation, Edward made his procession from the Tower of London to Westminster. There were many pageants that greeted the boy-king as he rode horseback dressed in a jerkin of white velvet decorated with diamonds, rubies and pearls.

“His gown was a fine mesh of gold with a cape of sable, whilst the horse he rode upon was draped in crimson satin beaded with pearls.” (Skidmore)

The Imperial Ambassador Francois Van der Defelt was not impressed and when he met the king, he spoke to him in French to which his uncle, the Lord Protector and now Duke of Somerset, reproached him and told him he should speak in Latin instead because the king “understood better than French.” Defelt had no more good things to say about…

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