Peterborough remembered Royal past with Katharine of Aragon Festival

Peterborough remembered its royal past with a spectacular festival in memory of Katharine of Aragon.

Monday, 28th January 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:30 pm
Katharine of Aragon weekend at Peterborough Cathedral. At the Queen's grave Robert, Becky and Isobel (9) Sansom. EMN-190126-161421009

Henry VIII’s first wife is was buried at Peterborough Cathedral on January 29 1536, and every year a festival is held in her honour. This year’s festival started on Friday morning, when dignitaries and school children took part in a special service, which ended in wreaths being laid at her grave side. Throughout the weekend there were a series of Tudor themed walks around the city, led by ‘Old Scarlett’ - the grave digger who buried Katharine and Mary Queen of Scots. There were also a series of activities taking place at Peterborough Museum, where families could find out what it was like to live in Tudor times. On Saturday evening guests at Peterborough Cathedral were able to enjoy a ‘Merrie Tudor Evening’ - where a large feast was served, with medieval style music and dancing. There was also a packed John Clare Theatre on Saturday evening to hear a talk by author Tracy Borman, who discussed her latest book ‘Henry VIII and the men who made him.’ The best selling author signed books at the end of the evening, and answered questions.

Tudor Day at Peterborough Museum. Suzie Baker with her Tudor food. EMN-190126-161517009
Tudor Day at Peterborough Museum. Mark Atkins , a Tudor Man at Arms with Alex Woodward (10). EMN-190126-161539009

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Tudor Day at Peterborough Museum. Tudor executioner Reece Baker EMN-190126-161550009
Tudor Day at Peterborough Museum. Cisertian monk Martin Owen with Benedictine monk Joe Chiswell. EMN-190126-161601009
Katharine of Aragon weekend at Peterborough Cathedral. Old Scarlet the Cathedral gravedigger EMN-190126-161612009
Tudor Day at Peterborough Museum. Iona and Theya Batchelor with Tudor spice merchant Chris Carr. EMN-190126-161528009
The procession to the cathedral
The procession to the cathedral
The procession to the cathedral
Pupils from King's Cliffe School
The Dean with incence at Katharine's grave
The Lighting of the Candle of Faithfulness
Tributes left at Katharine's grave