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Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon
Prince Harry at Harlem RBI in New York on May 14, 2013.
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I have always been faithful to the King my lord; but perhaps I have not always shown to him such a perfect humility and reverence as his graciousness and courtesy deserved, and the honor he hath done me required. I confess that I have often had jealous fantasies against him which I had not wisdom or strength to repress. But God knows that I have not otherwise trespassed against him.
Do not think I say this in the hope of prolonging my life, for He who saveth from death has taught me how to die, and will strengthen my faith. Think not, however, that I am so bewildered in mind that I do not care to vindicate my innocence. I knew that it would avail me little to defend it at the last moment if I had not maintained it all my life long, as much as ever Queen did. Still the last words out of my mouth shall justify my honor.
As for my brother and the other gentlemen who are unjustly condemned, I would willingly die to save them; but as that is not the King’s pleasure, I shall accompany them in death. And then Afterwards, I shall live in eternal peace and joy without end, where I shall pray to God for the King and for you, my lords.
The judge of all the world, in whom abounds justice and truth knows all, and through His love I beseech that He will have compassion on those who have condemned me to this death.
Anne Boleyn at her trial on 15 May, 1536, upon being sentenced to burning or beheading at the will of the king her husband.
Upon reading this speech a year or so ago, I actually loved it more than her execution speech and my respect level for her went up about ∞. I don’t think that anyone who’s said what they’ve needed to say, expressed their feelings no matter how much opposition they’re faced with, could ever die in vain. Anne Boleyn said what she needed to say to Henry, expressed her feelings to him and the ferocity of their quarrels might even have been her undoing; but she remained true to who she had always been in life all through her life, and that’s why, even though she died, by the law, a disgraced traitor, she’s remembered and (mostly) revered, today.
In a strange way I’m honored to share my birthday with the day of her trial when she made this beautiful speech which was and is a triumph to strong women everywhere.