What was the age difference between Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?

It depends which year you take as Anne's birthdate - some historians believe 1501 and others 1507. Catherine of Aragon was born in December 1485, so she was either 16 years older or 22 years older. I believe in the 1501 date for Anne so I think that Catherine was 16 years older.


5 thoughts on “What was the age difference between Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?”

  1. Eliza says:

    Claire, you mean 16 or 22 years older, right?

    1. Claire says:

      Oooops, where was my head that day?! I’ll correct it now. Thanks, Eliza xx

    2. Laura says:

      I believe she was 23 and he was almost 18 when they married and that’s because they had to wait 9 years after they met because of her previous marriage to Arthur, and the question of whether or not that marriage was ever consummated

  2. cindy says:

    When and where did Henry VIII meet Catherine of Aragon?
    In 1501 when the Princess came over from Spain to marry his brother Arthur. Katherine of Aragon was first married to Arthur (Henry’s older brother and the heir apparent to the throne of their father, Henry VII), but Arthur died on April 2, 1502, only about 5 months after his marriage. King Henry VII, in an effort to keep up the Spanish – English alliance that had been so strengthened by Katherine and Arthur’s (brief) marriage, promised Henry VIII in marriage to Katherine on June 23, 1503, (when Henry VIII was about 11 years old) to take effect on June 28, 1505 (Henry VIII’s 15th birthday – Katherine was about 5 years older than he). However, they did not wed until June 11, 1509, shortly after Henry VIII became king (12 days before his June 23 coronation) on the death of Henry VII.

  3. Margaret Lavender says:

    So? What IS the age difference between them? Can’t be doing with birth dates subtracting/adding! Just tell me the difference if you would please!

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