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Catherine of Aragon

The Funeral of Queen Mary I

Mary’s body had lain in state at St. James’s Palace until 13 December 1558. Her successor Elizabeth was determined to give her a funeral worthy of a Queen and the final bill came to a staggering £2 million in today’s currency. Mary’s coffin was draped in cloth of gold to begin its journey to Westminster Abbey. [read more]

Mary I of England

Follow in Queen Mary I’s Footsteps

There are several places that are closely associated with Mary, though not all survive. You can follow in Mary’s footsteps in these places. This is by no means a complete list. Mary was born at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, and she was christened in the Church of the Observant Friars, which was next [read more]

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Burial places of the Queens and Consorts of England

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

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 [read more]

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Adela of Champagne

Burial places of the Queens Consort of France

Basilica of St. Denis Ermentrude of Orléans – Basilica of St. Denis (Paris, France) Richilde of the Ardennes – Basilica of St. Denis (Paris, France) Adelaide of Paris – Saint-Corneille Abbey  (Compiègne,France) Richardis of Swabia – Andlau Abbey  (Alsace, France) Théodrate of Troyes – Unknown Frederuna – Abbey of Saint-Remi (Reims, France) Eadgifu of Wessex – Abbey of Saint-Médard de Soissons (Picardie, France) Partially in [read more]