Former King Edward VIII, then Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis Simpson, then Duchess of Windsor jump for photographer Philippe Halsman, ca. 1958 • Edward took the throne in 1936 but renounced it a year later so that he could marry Wallis. She was a two-time divorcee and when the King proposed there was a social and political uproar. The Church of England prohibited that he would marry a divorced woman, so he renounced to the throne. This changed the line of succession, making the daughter of his younger brother Albert (then King George VI) the new heiress presumptive to the throne. Today she is the longest reigning monarch of the history of the United Kingdom and in the world — Queen Elizabeth II 👑
Anne Boleyn: The Queen Consort of King Henry VIII of England
Anne Boleyn became the Queen of England following the annulment of the marriage of King Henry VIII with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry and Anne had a secret wedding in 1532 and a formal wedding thereafter. In response, Pope Clement VII decreed a sentence of excommunication against the king. The excommunication and subsequent events resulted in the English Reformation by which the Church of England separated itself from the Roman Catholic Church.
King Henry was disappointed that Anne gave birth to a daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I, in 1533. Their marriage eventually became unstable after Anne failed to produce a son after three miscarriages.
The king had his wife investigated for treason and for allegedly plotting to kill him in 1536 in order to marry his mistress, Jane Seymour. Anne was also charged with adultery and incest with her brother, George, and was sentenced to death by beheading.
Anne was venerated as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation after Elizabeth ascended to the throne following the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I, the second child of King Henry and Catherine.
Back to the Crematorium for another funeral this morning. When I was training to be a Vicar 25 years ago, I asked a colleague for one piece of sage advice for me to take into my future career. He thought for a moment and said, “Do every single funeral with the same care and compassion as if you were burying your own mother”. Since then, I have done 2,000+ funerals - but I have never forgotten that and always try my very, very best at every funeral I do...