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Queen Anne Boleyn
Birth announcement for a "princes" to George Brooke, Lord Cobham (7 September 1533)
By permission of The British Library (MS Harley 283, fol. 75r)
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As Anne Boleyn's delivery day drew near, the astrologers predicted that Henry VIII would now get a male heir. The expected prince's birth announcements were proudly prepared in advance. But the child was a girl, and so, in a different color ink, "prince" was changed to "princess."

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