History

Richard III

6 July 1483

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was crowned as Richard III on Sunday 6 July 1483. The day before he and his queen Anne (Neville) rode in procession from the Tower of London to Westminster. On the day of the ceremony they walked barefoot on a red carpet from White Hall to Westminster Hall and then to the Abbey. The queen’s train was borne by Margaret, Countess of Richmond whose son would become Henry VII after defeating Richard at the battle of Bosworth. Richard was crowned by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury and the queen’s coronation followed. Almost the entire peerage of England was present at what was a magnificent spectacle. The traditional coronation banquet in Westminster Hall followed.

Further reading:

“The coronation of Richard III – the extant documents” edited by Anne Sutton and P.W.Hammond, 1983.