Hampton Court exclusive Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn experience
Spend the day as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace. Be dressed by servants, listen to music, dance, feast and take part in the recreation of Tudor life in Henry's palace.
This is a very special re-enactment, rarely available.
Minimum bid £6,000 to cover costs of re-enactment.
Terms & Conditions
This lot is open to two people bidding jointly.
This experience can only be offered on one day.
This lot must be redeemed by 31 October 2008 at a date arranged between the winning bidder and Hampton Court Palace.
The nature of the prize and the large number of people involved require the successful bidder to be flexible over a date when the lot can be redeemed. Successful bidder will be contacted to draw up a list of possible dates.
The lot must be redeemed during the Palace’s normal opening hours.
Henry and Anne will participate fully in the programme of costumed re-enactment at the palace. Bidders should be aware that much of the day will be spent on view to or interacting with the public.
Historic Royal Palaces reserves the right to cancel the tour at any time out of concern for the health and safety of staff and/or visitors.
Winner is responsible for arranging their own transport to and from the palace.
Henry fell in love with Anne Boleyn, the sister of one of his many mistresses, while he was still married to Katherine of Aragon. He tried to persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment of his marriage.
Attempts at divorce failed and Thomas Cromwell (Henry's chief adviser from 1532 onwards) turned to Parliament to decide the issue. The result was a series of Acts cutting back papal power and influence in England and bringing about the English Reformation.
In May 1533 Thomas Cranmer (Archbishop of Canterbury) declared Henry's marriage invalid; Anne Boleyn was crowned queen a week later.
Anne Boleyn had a daughter - Princess Elizabeth. Henry had wanted a son and eventually got rid of Anne on charges of treason, which were almost certainly false, and she was executed in 1536.
The TopLots Heritage Auction is a fundraising event organized by the Association of Independent Museums (Registered Charity: 1082215) acting as the agent for museums, historic houses and heritage organizations across the UK. Delivery of this lot, as described, to the winner is the responsibility of Historic Royal Palaces who will receive (after direct transaction and listing costs) 80% of the winning bid. The remaining 20% is retained by the Association of Independent Museums.