On 30th May 1536 just 11 days after the death of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour. The couple were married in the Queen’s Closet at York Palace. In preparation for the service the former Queen’s falcon emblems were quickly replaced with a phoenix and Jane’s initials laid over Anne’s, it was done in such hurry that if you look carefully at Hampton Court Palace you can still see some A’s under the J’s.
According to David Starkey the wedding vows would have been spoken by the King first followed by Jane and they would have been similar to the following;
“I, Henry, take thee to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part, and thereto I plight thee my troth.”
Jane’s vows would have been the same but with the added line promising to be ‘bonny and buxom in bed and board.’
The wedding remained secret for a few days and Jane was gradually introduced as the new Queen.
Sir John Russell wrote to Lord Lisle;
“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.”
Henry granted 104 manors in four counties along with forests and hunting chases. He also gave his new wife a Hans Holbein designed gold cup that combined the King and Queen’s initials along with Jane’s motto of ‘bound to obey and serve.’
Jane was the only wife to give Henry the one thing that he desired, a son. Although it cost her her life in doing so.