BURIALS of the Tudors

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Tudor Burial Sites
Where are the graves of the Tudors
& their courtiers?

See also The Tudors Historical Locations

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King Henry VIII

Jane Seymour
Henry VIII. & Jane Seymour "Tomb"
Tomb of King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour
in the centre of the aisle at St.George's Chapel,
Windsor Castle
St George Chapel
The site was intended as a temporary grave until the opulent tomb Henry requested was completed. It was never constructed and the grave in St. George's Chapel became his permanent resting place

<a class="external" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAenNzP9Y-k" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click this link for a clip about Henry's grave">Click this link for a clip about Henry's grave</a>

Katherine of Aragon
Peterborough Cathedral which is still often adorned with flowers & pomegranates (Katherine's heraldic symbol), each year there is a service in her memory at Peterbourgh catherdral, in which children attending bring with banners they made, on the 450th anniversary the Spanish Ambassador attended.

Anne Boleyn
Anne's grave marker
Grave marker of Queen Anne Boleyn
Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula
Roses are regularly left on her grave and the memorial
on the anniversary of her death.

Originally buried in an elm arrow chest within the Chapel of St. Peter-ad-Vincula within the confines of the Tower of London.
In the 1870s, the chapel went under extensive renovations, and many bones were disturbed. In Doyne C. Bell’s work, “Notices of the Historic Persons Buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London, he mentions that in the nineteenth century (at the time the chapel was renovated and the remains examined):

“the grave into which, at on the 19th May, the old elm-chest containing the remains of his sister Anne was cast,
was dug by the side of him [ George Boleyn].”

The body of Anne Boleyn was one supposedly identified by a
Dr. Mouat due to her slender neck and long fingers (only 5 on each hand). However, it must be said that forensic science was not as sophisticated as today.Many of the bones buried beneath the chapel floor, including those of Anne Boleyn and Jane Grey, were exhumed and moved. They now lie as a co-mingled group under a wall and unrelated monument to the left of the altar (as you face the altar). There is a plaque nearby on the floor noting the relocation of the bones.

Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves

Tomb of Queen Anne of Cleves
in Westminster Abbey
[a hard to find grave at the Abbey
Entombed behind a wall of chairs]
Katherine Howard

Queen Katherine Howard

Kathryn Howard's grave

Grave marker of Katherine Howard in St. Peter ad Vincula Chapel within The Tower of London

Queen Catherine Parr
Queen Catherine Parr
Tomb of Queen Catherine Parr
The tomb of Queen Catherine Parr, St. Mary's, Sudeley Castle.
Queen Catherine was buried in the Chapel next to Sudeley Castle where she died shortly after giving birth to her only child. Her tomb is a marble effigy which features the coat of arms of all of her husband impaled with her family's coats. From left to right: Sir Edward Borough; John Neville, 3rd Lord Latimer of Snape; King Henry VIII; and Sir Thomas Seymour.
Her tomb reads "Hear lyethe quene Kateryn wife to Kyng Henry the VIII and last the wife of Thomas, Lord of Sudeley, high admyrall of England and unkle to Kyng Edward the VI."
Photo courtesy of Keith Featherstone
Holbein's portrait of Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Margaret Pole, Lady Salisbury

Margaret Pole, Lady Salisbury
also known as
Margaret of Clarence, Countess of Salisbury

Thomas Seymour

Thomas Seymour

Others buried in St. Peter ad Vincula
Katherine Howard
Plaque in the chapel at St. Peter ad Vincula in the
Tower of London showing the names of all
those interred there who were executed at the Tower


Tower Hill memorials

Tower Hill Memorials

Tower Hill Memorial

More Vault
Behind this grillework in the Roper family vault in St. Dunstan's Church, Canterbury, repose the crumbling remains of the skull of Thomas More. The skull had originally been buried with his daughter Margaret in the More Family vault at Chelsea. Her bones and her father's skull were disinterred by the Ropers' son, Thomas to be reburied with William Roper in the Roper Family vault under the Roper Chapel at St. Dunstan's , Canterbury. More's skull was placed behind this grille at that time.

Henry Fitzroy
Henry Fitzroy,
Illegitimate son of King Henry VIII with
Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount

Henry Fitzroy
Tomb of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
Originally buried in Thetford Priory -
later transferred to St. Michael's Church,
Framlingham, Suffolk

Edward VI
Edward VI,
son of King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour
King Edward VI
Tomb of Edward VI,
Westminster Abbey

Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I
Daughter of King Henry VIII & Queen Anne Boleyn

Mary I

Queen Mary I
Daughter of King Henry VIII & Queen Katherine of Aragon

Queen Mary I - Historical profile - The Tudors Wiki
The plaster head of the funeral effigy of Queen Mary I.
It is currently displayed in the museum
Tomb of Elizabeth I and Mary I
Queen Elizabeth's tomb in Westminster Abbey.

Around the top of the elaborate tomb is the coat of arms of her royal family [[[King Henry VIII]]'s mother] and that of her mother's [[[Anne Boleyn]]'s Howard pedigree is featured on the other pillars in the back round].
She is buried with her half-sister, Queen Mary I.
Elzabeth I's tomb

Mary Tudor
Plaque by the tomb (built by James I)
of Mary and Elizabeth in Westminster. It reads:

"Partners both in throne and grave,
here rests we two sisters,
Elizabeth and Mary,
in hope of one Resurrection"

Elizabeth gave Mary a royal funeral and interred
her in the chapel their grandfather Henry VII
had built in the Abbey, where they are now buried together.

Another plaque on the west side of the monument reads: "Near the tomb of Mary and Elizabeth remember before God all those who divided at the Reformation by different convictions laid down their lives for Christ and conscience’ sake”.


Wolsey's grave
Wolsey's Grave at Abbey Park,
Leicestershire, England

Sir Thomas Boleyn
This illustration is from a Brass Rubbing
from the tomb and is the Only authenticated likeness of
Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond
Father of Queen Anne Boleyn and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I
(Holbein drawing of man with a red cap,
labelled, 'Ormonde', is no longer believed
to be of Sir Thomas Boleyn)

Sir Thomas Boleyn
Thomas Boleyn's tomb in St. Peter's Church in Hever,
close to Hever Castle


Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk,
Uncle of Queen Anne Boleyn

Tomb of Thomas Howard
Tomb of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Framlingham Church, Suffolk

Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

Charles Brandon
1st Duke of Suffolk

Brandon was buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at the King's expense. His gravestone can be found near the south door of the choir.
Effigy of both Charles & Mary Tudor
BURIALS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
Originally there was a marble tablet with this inscription:

Here lies Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who married King Henry VIII's sister, and died in his reign, August 1545, and was buried at the king's own charge.

Nothing now remains to distinguish the grave of this noble duke but a black marble grave-stone, with this simple inscription - Charles Brandon - Married Mary daughter of Henry VII, Widow of Louis XII King of France
Charles Brandon burial site

Princess Mary Tudor

Princess Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France
(in the series, this character is called
Princess Margaret Tudor)

Younger Sister of King Henry VIII
Princess Mary's remains were buried at the
Benedictine Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds.
Mary Tudor 1st Burial Place

Mary Tudor 1st Burial Place
The Abbey was destroyed in 1539 and Mary's remains were reburied in the crypt at St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds.

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer
Archbishop Canterbury
(burned at the stake by order of
Queen Mary I)
Cranmer memorial
Place where Cranmer was executed
This cross in Broad Street in Oxford
marks the site of the bishops' execution

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Beheaded the day before King Henry VIII died

Tomb of Henry Howard

The tomb of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,
and his wife Frances at Framlimgham Church

Francis I

Francis I of France


Claude of France, queen to Francis I
Claude of France
Francis I and Claude of France Tomb
Tomb of Francis I and Claude of France
in the Basilica of Saint Denis, Paris

Francis I Historical Profile - The Tudors Wiki
The Funerary Urn of Francis I.
Resting place of his heart.

Other Important Tudor Figures

Death mask of Henry VIII
Henry VII
Bust of funeral effigy

Elizabeth of York Burial Effigy
Elizabeth of York, Mother of Henry VIII
Funeral Effigy

Henry VII & Elizabeth of York tomb

Tomb of Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York
Parents of King Henry VIII
in Westminster Abbey

Tomb of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

Arthur, Prince of Wales
Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, brother of King Henry VIII, and first husband of Queen Katherine of Aragon

Worcester Cathedral, Prince Arthur tomb
Tomb of Arthur, Prince of Wales,
Worcester Cathedral

Prince Arthur's Chantry
Lady Margaret Beaufort
Lady Margaret Beaufort (31 May 1443 - 29 Jun 1509), mother of King Henry VII and grandmother of King Henry VIII.
Lady Margaret Beaufort - Burials of the Tudors
Her fine tomb is by Italian sculptor Pietro Torrigiano, with a portrait effigy in gilt bronze of the Countess in her old age, wearing a widow’s dress with a hood and long mantle. Her head rests on two pillows with Tudor badges and the delicate and characteristic wrinkled hands are raised in prayer. At her feet is the yale (a mythical beast with swivel horns), family crest of the Beaufort’s. The tomb chest is of black marble with sculpted bronze shields of arms around the base.
More info: <a class="external" href="http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/margaret-beaufort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Westminster page </a>
Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond
Edmund Tudor, eldest son of Owen Tudor and Queen Catherine de Valois, widow of Henry V. Father of Henry VII and grandfather of Henry VIII.
Tomb of Edmund Tudor - Burials of the Tudors

The tomb of Edmund Tudor in St. David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots was the mother of King James I of England and was executed by Queen Elizabeth I.
Tomb of Mary of Scots
Tomb and effigy of Mary of Scots in Westminster Abbey.
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots
Wax Mask Taken at her Death
Lady Margaret Douglas

Lady Margaret Douglas (8 October 1515 – 7 March 1578) was the daughter of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, and Margaret Tudor, Dowager Queen of Scotland. In her youth she was high in the favour of her uncle, King Henry VIII, but was twice incurred the King's anger, first for her unauthorized engagement to Lord Thomas Howard, who died in the Tower of London in 1537 because of his misalliance with her, and again in 1540 for an affair with Thomas Howard's nephew Charles Howard, the brother of Queen Katherine Howard. Lady Margaret was one of the few present at the wedding of King Henry and Catherine Parr in 1543. On 6 July 1544, she married Matthew Stuart, 4th Earl of Lennox, one of Scotland's leading noblemen. Her son Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, married Mary, Queen of Scots and was the father of James I of England.
Tudor Burials - The Tudors Wiki
Tomb of Margaret Douglas, Westminster Abbey.
Her grandson, James I of England, is said to have erected the fine monument, which was in place by 1600. Her recumbent effigy, made of alabaster, wears a French cap and ruff with a red fur-lined cloak, over a dress of blue and gold. On either side of the tomb chest are weepers (small kneeling statues) of her four sons (Charles and Henry and two whodied young) and four daughters (all died young).
More info: <a class="external" href="http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/margaret-douglas,-countess-of-lennox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret Douglas, Westminster</a>
Tudor Burials - The Tudors Wiki

Lady Frances Brandon, mother of Jane Grey

Lady Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (16 July 1517 – 20 November 1559) was the mother of Lady Jane Grey. Lady Frances was the daughter of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.
Her tomb and effigy are in Westminster Abbey.
More info: <a class="external" href="http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/frances-brandon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Westminster page for Frances Brandon</a>