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Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Past event archive
27 April 2019, 12:30

Room 1

Free

  • Talks and Lectures

Anne Boleyn
by Unknown English artist
late 16th century, based on a work of circa 1533-1536
NPG 668

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.  Anne joined Henry VIII’s court, in 1522; and soon she came to the notice of the king.  By early December 1532 Anne was pregnant with her first child and Henry was forced into action and broke with the Catholic Church.  He divorced his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and married Anne in a secret ceremony.  Just three years later she was the first queen in  English history to be executed. Join us to find out what caused Anne's downfall.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.