On the 7th September 1533, Anne Boleyn gave birth to Princess Elizabeth. She was not the expected boy, however, she would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth was born at three o’clock in the afternoon. She was named Elizabeth after her grandmother, Elizabeth of York, and possibly Anne’s own mother, Elizabeth Howard. Anne mostly had a good pregnancy, apart from the later stages. Henry had apparently been distressed and, as Eric Ives said, even ‘hoping for a miscarriage if it would save Anne’s life’. Luckily, both mother and daughter were fine. The labour was easy and the child was perfect and took after her father. There was no evidence of Henry being unhappy with the birth of a daughter, even if a son was what they hoped for. After all, the child was healthy and surely, if they could have a healthy daughter, they could have a healthy son?
Preparations were at once made for a magnificent christening on Wednesday, 10th September, to be followed by bonfires and free wine in London. The birth and christening is recorded in Letters and Papers:
‘The christening of lady Elizabeth, daughter to King Henry VIII., the 25th year of his reign, A.D. 1533.
On Sept 7, between three and four o’clock p.m., the Queen was delivered of a fair lady, for whom Te Deum was incontinently sung. The mayor, Sir Stephen Pecock, with his brethren and 40 of the chief citizens, were ordered to be at the christening on the Wednesday following ; on which day the mayor and council, in scarlet, with their collars, rowed to Greenwich, and the citizens went in another barge.’
LP VI. 1111
LP VI. 1125
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Eric Ives, 2005, p183-185
Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) and baby Elizabeth in The Tudors.