Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York was born on the 11th February 1466 at Westminster Palace to parents Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.  She being the sister of Prince Edward V and Prince Richard, the Duke of York, both believed murdered on the express orders of Richard III.

Elizabeth Woodville must have trusted Richard III when he moved the two princes to the Tower of London, but the events that followed, saw that trust taken away as Richard became King of England.

Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville, made an alliance with Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry Tudor, wanting to see Richard removed from the throne, and protection for her daughter; Elizabeth of York.

Henry swore an oath at Renes in December of 1483, that once he had removed Richard from the English throne, and taken his place as England’s King, he would marry Elizabeth of York.

On the 22nd August 1485, Henry Tudor met Richard III at the “Battle of Bosworth Field,” where Richard lost his life.

King Henry VII

King Henry VII

On the 30th October 1485, Henry Tudor was crowned King Henry VII of England, the first Tudor King at Westminster Abbey.

On the 18th January 1486, Elizabeth of York married King Henry VII and ascended to Queen Consort of England on the 25th November 1487 at Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth bore Henry seven children, only four survived infancy:

Arthur, the Prince of Wales, was born on the 20th September 1486, married Catherine of Aragon in 1501, and died on the 2nd April 1502 at Ludlow Castle, and buried at Worcester Cathedral.

Margaret Tudor was born on the 28th November 1489, married King James IV of Scotland, Archibald Douglas the Earl of Angus, Henry Stewart Lord Methven, and died on the 18th October 1541.

Henry was born on the 28th June 1491, and became King Henry VIII of England upon the death of his father.  He married; Catherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, Catherine Parr and died on the 28th January 1547.

Mary Tudor was born on the 18th March 1496 and married King Louis XII of France, Charles Brandon the Duke of Suffolk, and died on the 25th June 1533.

Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England passed away on the 11th February 1503 at Richmond Palace following complications in child birth, and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

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