Happy Birthday Catherine of Aragon

Sometime during the night of the 15th/16th December 1485 Catherine of Aragon, or Catalina de Aragón as she was known in Spain, was born at the recently reformed fortified palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid in Spain. She was the daughter of Queen Isabel I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragón and would become the first wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Mary I.

Catherine was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile (or Catherine of Lancaster), who was the daughter of John of Gaunt and his second wife, Constance of Castile.

You can read all about Catherine in the articles on our Catherine of Aragon Bio page

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