500th Anniversary of Completion of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel Celebrated at Westminster Abbey




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Westminster Abbey is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the completion of the Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in style. Henry VII began lavish works on the chapel in 1503, but it wasn’t completed until 1516, nearly seven years after his death. The chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the monks of Westminster sang a special ‘Lady Mass’ every day.

A special series of events marking the 500th anniversary of one of the nation’s most beautiful and historic chapels takes place from Thursday 21st April – Thursday 5th May 2016.

The chapel is the site of many important burials:

  • Anne Mowbray, Duchess of York
  • Anne of Denmark, Queen of Great Britain
  • Antoine Philippe, Duke of Montpensier
  • Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of Great Britain
  • Charles II of England
  • Edward V of England
  • Edward VI of England
  • Elizabeth I of England
  • Elizabeth of York, Queen of England
  • Esmé Stewart, 2nd Duke of Richmond
  • George II of Great Britain
  • George Monck, First Duke of Albemarle
  • George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
  • Henry VII of England
  • James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde
  • James VI and I
  • John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
  • Katherine of Valois, Queen of England
  • Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox, Second Duke of Lennox and Duke of Richmond
  • Lady Margaret Beaufort
  • Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
  • Mary I of England
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Oliver Cromwell (Disinterred after the restoration of the Monarchy)
  • Anne, Queen of Great Britain
  • Prince William, Duke of Gloucester
  • Mary II of England
  • Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York
  • Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk and Duchess of York
  • William III of England






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