Did Anne Boleyn wear ‘yellow for mourning’ after Katherine of Aragon’s death?

On 7 January 1536 Katherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, died at Kimbolton Castle. On 8 January 1536, Eustace Chapuys wrote that that day “the King was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet”[1]. While Chapuys did not mention Anne, chronicler Hall did – “Quene Anne ware yelowe for the mournyng”[2]. Hall’s remark was hotly disputed by historians and authors; Alison Weir for instance stated that Henry and Anne donned yellow as a mark of respect for Katherine, because yellow was the colour of mourning in Spain (The Six Wives of Henry VIII, p. 299). The colour of royal mourning in Spain was black, and Weir corrected her error in The Lady in The Tower. Anne and Henry donned yellow that day but not...

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