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Hundreds of people take part in a procession at Lady Jane Grey’s childhood home to commemorate the Nine Day Queen

Hundreds of people came out to commemorate the death of Lady Jane Grey on Monday at her childhood home of Bradgate House.

A procession, led by a majestic white horse, took place in the grounds of Bradgate Park in Leicester in memory of the Nine Day Queen.

Photographer: Mark Kent

After the procession came to an end at the ruins of Bradgate House, white tulips were placed to mark the occasion.

People travelled from as far away as London to attend the procession which marks 464 years since Jane’s beheading.

Photographer: Mark Kent

Lady Jane Grey short-lived reign began on 10th July 1553 following the death of King Edward VI, who had personally named Lady Jane Grey as his successor in the ‘Devise for the Succession’.

Though Jane became Queen, the widespread support of Mary Tudor posed a threat to Jane’s reign, and by mid-July, Jane’s own father had disowned her, and in an attempt to save himself he proclaimed Mary Queen. Upon the insistence of her father, Jane relinquished the crown and the reign of Queen Mary I began.

Photographer: Mark Kent

Queen Mary had Lady Jane imprisoned in the Tower of London, and while her father was pardoned, Jane and her husband were tried in November 1553 for high treason.

Lady Jane Grey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death. Before her execution, Jane had to witness the beheading of her husband and the sight of his body being brought back in a cart, his head wrapped in a cloth.

The defacto Queen Jane, aged just 16, was beheaded on Tower Hill on February 12th, 1554 and was buried beneath the altar of the Tower’s Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula.

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