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3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

| July 3, 2015

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

On 3rd July 1533, William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Catherine of Aragon’s Chamberlain, was instructed to inform Catherine that she was “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager” and to stop calling herself ‘Queen’. In his instructions to Mountjoy, Cromwell wrote that if Catherine carried on using the title of queen then “the […]

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]