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Joan, daughter of Edward III

A small bronze statuette (or weeper) of Joan, a daughter of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, can be seen on the side of her father's tomb in Westminster Abbey. This can be viewed from the south ambulatory. She was born in 1335 and died on 2nd September 1348 en route to Spain to marry Pedro of Castile. She lies buried in Bayonne cathedral. The weeper figure wears a reticulated head dress, cote-hardi and long sleeves and the coat of arms depicting Castile & Leon impaling France and England quarterly is below.

Further reading

See also the entries for her brothers Edward (the "Black Prince"), William of HatfieldEdmund of Langley and Lionel of Antwerp, and sister Mary of Brittany who also have statuettes. Also her brothers Thomas Duke of Gloucester and William of Windsor and infant sister Blanche, who are buried in the Abbey.


2nd September 1348


St Edward’s Chapel; South Ambulatory

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Joan, daughter of Edward III
Statuette of Joan on the tomb of Edward III

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