On 19 May Hever Castle will commemorate the 480th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution by displaying both signature pages in her prayer books and live streaming the occasion for fans across the globe.
Queen of England for just 1000 days, Anne Boleyn failed to produce a son for Henry VIII and was beheaded at the Tower of London on 19 May 1536.
Duncan Leslie, CEO of Hever Castle, said, “We are deeply proud of our connection with Anne Boleyn and are honoured to house two of her ‘Books of Hours’ in the Castle. She would have used these personal prayer books regularly and has written in and signed both of them. To preserve the condition of these ancient books we must rotate the pages on display to the public and never before have we been able to show both signature pages at once.”
Fans of Anne Boleyn are encouraged to visit the Castle on this momentous day to pay homage to her memory and see her inscriptions for themselves. As an added bonus, the Hever Castle Shop will have 20% off all Anne Boleyn merchandise purchased on the day – offer in store only.
Further marking the occasion, Hever Castle will be taking the unprecedented step of live streaming on Facebook to share her signature pages with fans across the world. Devotees can tune in on the Hever Castle & Gardens Facebook page at 8:30am British Summer Time on Thursday 19 May to commemorate the great queen and view her Books of Hours for themselves.
Hever Castle & Gardens will open at 10:30am on Thursday 19 May, with the Castle itself open from 12:00 noon and last entry at 5:00pm. A Castle and Gardens ticket is required to view the Books of Hours. The live streaming on Facebook will take place at 8:30am BST and the video will then remain on the Hever Castle & Gardens Facebook page.