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16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

Posted By on December 16, 2015

Portait of a girl thought to be Catherine of Aragon by Juan de Flandres.

Portait of a girl thought to be Catherine of Aragon by Juan de Flandres.

At some time during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal de Alcalá de Henares) in the city of Alcalá de Henares, just over twenty miles north-east of Madrid.

This little girl was to be the youngest surviving child of Isabella and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon and the couple named her after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile or Catherine of Lancaster. She was baptised a few days later by the Bishop of Palencia. Catherine inherited her mother’s looks, having fair hair and a fair complexion rather that the dark hair and olive skin we often associate with Spaniards.

You can find out more about Catherine in the following articles:

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