The Thistle and The Rose Wed

8 August 1503 – The formal wedding of Margaret Tudor and James IV of Scotland in the chapel of Holyroodhouse.

James IV & Margaret Tudor-marriage procession
James IV & Margaret Tudor-marriage procession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From History Today, by Richard Cavendish:

The union of the thistle and the rose was celebrated next morning in the chapel of Holyroodhouse. Margaret wore a gown trimmed in crimson and the Countess of Surrey bore her train, while James was magnificent in white damask with crimson satin sleeves. After the marriage ceremony conducted by the archbishops of Glasgow and York there was a nuptial mass and a short coronation ritual, with the King’s arm round his new queen’s waist much of the time. There followed a splendid feast of fifty or sixty dishes including roast crane and roast swan, and then dancing and supper until finally at last ‘the King had the Queen apart and they went together’. Edinburgh blazed with bonfires that night.

published by John Thane, line engraving, published 1796
published by John Thane, line engraving, published 1796

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