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Henry son of Henry VIII

Henry, Duke of Cornwall, eldest son of Henry VIII and his queen Katherine of Aragon was buried in Westminster Abbey, on the north side of the Sanctuary area near the entrance to the chapel of St Edward the Confessor. At his birth at Richmond Palace on 1st January 1511 guns, bells and bonfires were set off in celebration and the King rode to Walsingham to give thanks. On returning to Westminster he held a tournament and pageant. But the young heir died on 22nd February following.

When the new High Altar was being constructed by Sir Gilbert Scott in the 1860s a small lead coffin of a child was found to the northern part of the step in front of it. This may have been the young Henry's coffin but it was not disturbed. There is no marker.





Henry son of Henry VIII
High Altar of Westminster Abbey, under which Henry is buried

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.


The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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