Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I London Sites

Queen Mary I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. When Henry divorced her mother to marry Anne Boleyn, she refused to accept Anne as her queen, and was downgraded from Princess to Lady and removed from the line of succession. She harbored resentment toward Anne and her daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I, for the misery caused to herself and her mother Katherine. Once Henry’s final wife Catherine Parr reconciled the family, Mary was added back the line of succession.

One she succeeded her brother Edward VI after overthrowing Lady Jane Grey, she attempted to restore England to Roman Catholicism, and burned 300 Protestants at the stake. This earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.”

Queen Mary I Attractions in London

Winchester Cathedral

At 37 years old, Queen Mary wanted to focus on finding a husband and producing a male heir for England in order to prevent the Princess Elizabeth from inheriting the throne and making England a Protestant country again. Taking after her father, Mary decided to marry the Spanish Prince Philip based upon a portrait. She married Philip at Winchester Cathedral on July 25, 1544, two days after meeting him for the first time.

Photo credit: Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

St. James Palace

Mary died at St. James Palace on November 17th, 1558. Mary’s heart and bowels are buried in the palace’s Chapel.

Photo credit: Queen’s Chapel, St. James Palace

St. James Palace - Queen's Chapel

Westminster Abbey

The rest of Mary is buried at Westminster Abbey, in the same tomb as her sister Elizabeth I, which is in Elizabeth’s image. Mary’s coffin is set below Elizabeth’s.

Photo credit: Tomb of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary's Tomb

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