For almost a thousand years the prayers of the faithful have reverberated inside Christ Church Cathedral, and today some of its record-holding 19 bells often call its parishioners to service. In late July 2008, however, the medieval house of worship rang out with the voice of actor Jonathan Rhys Meyer, wearing the mantle of King Henry VIII, a man whose passion for power was equaled only by his lust for the ladies, as he was bound in holy matrimony to Jane Seymour, portrayed by Annabelle Wallis, while cameras rolled on the third season of the Showtime sensation The Tudors.
Engaged in Hampton Court, the royal couple were actually united in marriage at York Place on May 30, 1536. Their happiness short-lived, the woman who ruled over the king’s heart for a time was lost to him forever just days after the birth of the sovereign’s son and heir, the future King Edward VI of England. Although three more women were destined to take her place, it is the remains of Jane Seymour which lies for eternity beside King Henry VIII inside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The following photos capture a behind-the-scenes look at the stars of The Tudors in their wedding clobber as they wait in between takes.