22 February 1511 – The death of a male heir

Posted By on February 22, 2016

A young Henry VIII.

A young Henry VIII.

On this day in history, 22nd February 1511, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon lost their infant son, Henry, Duke of Cornwall, at the age of just fifty-two days.

The royal couple had already lost a daughter, in January 1510, when she was stillborn, and this second loss must have been a heavy blow. The little boy was buried at Westminster Abbey.

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