On this day, 516 years ago, Arthur Prince of Wales died rather suddenly to the shock of his family and new bride, Catherine of Aragon.
On the 14th November 1501 Arthur Prince of Wales married the young Catherine of Aragon at St Pauls Cathedral. Once they had been joined in marriage, Arthur and Catherine left the Cathedral and headed for Baynard Castle. However, since his marriage Arthur had been growing incredibly weaker and in March 1502 both Arthur and Catherine were afflicted by an unknown illness. Catherine fortunately recovered from the said illness but unfortunately the young Prince died on the 2nd April 1502 at Ludlow Castle in Wales just six months off of his sixteenth birthday.
News of Arthur’s unfortunate death reached his father, Henry VII’s, court come April 4th 1502. On the 23rd April Arthur’s body, having previously been embalmed, was then sprinkled with holy water and sheltered with a canopy. He was then carried out of Ludlow Castle and into the Parish Church within Ludlow. On April 25th Arthur’s body was moved to Worcester Cathedral in a “special wagon upholstered in black and drawn by six horses, also caparisoned in black.” When his funeral came around and the Prince was to be buried and as was customary, his new and now widowed wife Catherine did not attend the funeral.
Arthur died at a very young age, aged just 15 and Catherine was widowed at just 17 years of age in a country she did not know, with no family around to support her in the years that were to come.
With love, Charlotte x