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Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley

A kneeling figure of Lord Darnley can be seen on the monument of his mother Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox in the south aisle of Henry VII's chapel at Westminster Abbey. Her other sons and daughters are also shown as weepers around the tomb chest. This shows him in armour with a crown placed just above his head. Henry Stewart, Duke of Albany, known as Lord Darnley, was the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots (whose tomb is in the same aisle as Margaret's). They married at Holyrood in Scotland on 29th July 1565 and Henry was declared King the following day. He was mysteriously found dead in February 1567 (possibly suffocated) and was buried in the vault at the abbey of Holyrood.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Location

Lady Chapel

Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley
Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tomb of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, her effigy on top, four kneeling statues of her children on the side
Countess of Lennox tomb

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Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley
Lord Darnley weeper

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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