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Your best guide Towards the Tombs Of British Monarchy

Where are the British royalty buried? Well, the answer to that's a little complicated as before there were “British” kings and queens there have been “English” and “Scottish” monarchs and before that, there have been petty kings of Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland. In this article, we will just think about the English and later British monarchs (after the English and Scotland crowns were united).

The list will even only include locations in great britan and never of these buried in foreign countries. For any more complete list, Museum Crush also lists the monarchs buried in foreign countries.

Early English Monarchs

Winchester Cathedral:

Originally founded in 642, Winchester Cathedral is among the largest cathedrals in Europe and it has always been the most important royal church in Anglo-Saxon England. It houses many of the early pre-Norman conquest kings of Wessex – including Alfred the truly amazing (although his remains happen to be lost) and King Cnut the Great.

The monarchs interred there include:

  • Cygnelis, d.643
  • Cenwalh, d.672
  • Egbert of Wessex, d. 839
  • AEthelwulf, d. 855
  • Eadred, d. 955
  • Eadwig, d. 959
  • Cnut the Great, d. 1035
  • Harthacnut, d. 1042
  • William II, d. 1100

St Bartholemew's Church:

St. Bartholemew's Church in Winchester is also the place to find a few of the old monarchs. It is located outside the old city walls of Winchester. Alfred the truly amazing (d.899) and the son Edward the Elder were buried here but at the older church of Hyde Abbey.

But the Abbey was dissolved and demolished in 1539 with the graves being rediscovered hundreds of years later. The remains of Alfred the Great have not been rediscovered for certain.

Westminster – Westminster Abbey And Westminster Castle

Westminster Abbey:

Westminster Abbey has been the website of English later British coronations since 1066 and it has always been the traditional spot to intern the monarchs. Westminster Abbey hosts the remains of 17 monarchs as well as a few of the nation's other most important historical figures.

Monarchs buried at Westminster Abbey include:

  • Edward the Confessor, d. 1066
  • Edward III, d. 1377
  • Henry VII, d. 1509
  • Elizabeth I, d. 1603
  • Henry III, d. 1272
  • Edward I, d. 1307
  • Richard II, d. 1400: (moved from Kings Langley Church in Hertfordshire by Henry V)
  • Henry V, d. 1422
  • Edward V, d. 1483
  • Edward VI, d. 1553
  • Mary I, d. 1559
  • James VI/I, d. 1625
  • Charles II, d. 1685
  • Mary II, d. 1694
  • Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • William III and II, d. 1702
  • Anne, d. 1714

Windsor Castle:

Another popular resting place of British royalty is Windsor Castle. It is the oldest inhabited castle on the planet, as being a monarchical residence for more than 1000 years, and remains an official residence from the Queen.

Monarchs Here Include:

  • Henry VI, d. 1471
  • Henry VIII, d. 1547: (The One With Six Wives)
  • Charles I, d. 1649: (The one which Got Beheaded)
  • Edward VII, d. 1910
  • Edward IV, d. 1483
  • George III, d. 1820
  • George IV, d. 1830
  • William IV, d. 1837
  • Edward VII, d. 1910
  • George V, d. 1936
  • George VI, d. 1952

Other Resting Places of British Royalty

Frogmore House in Windsor:

Frogmore Home is a mausoleum that grieving Queen Victoria built for her husband Prince Albert. Afterwards, she too was laid to relax beside her beloved husband. Since 1928 more members of the royal family happen to be buried there including Edward VIII who abdicated the throne to marry a divorced woman. The mausoleum is available to the public on special charity days and during August.

  • Victoria, d. 1901
  • Edward VIII, d. 1972: (abdicated)

Tower of London:

The Tower based in london is among the most well-known buildings working in london and was infamous to be a prison and also the execution site of Anne Boleyn and others. Lady Jane Grey was queen for nine days before being deposed and then executed. She was buried inside the Chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower.

  • Lady Jane Grey, d. 1554

Leicester Cathedral:

The story of Richard III and his rediscovery under a parking lot is particularly odd. One should read the full story about him linked below. He was killed in battle, buried inside a local graveyard, and then lost for centuries. He was rediscovered in 2013 now there is a visitor center about him where he was discovered.

Richard III was reinterred in the Leicester Cathedral in 2022, and the stone coffin is displayed today.

  • Richard III, d. 1485

Canterbury Cathedral:

Canterbury Cathedral may be the home of the Church of England and the location of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. It is also the burial site of Henry IV in addition to his wife, Queen Joan of Navarre. Visitors can easily see his and his wife's effigy today.

  • Henry IV, d. 1413

Worcester Cathedral:

For the Robin Hood fans out there, Worcester Cathedral may be the burial site of King John who tried to usurp his brother Richard I and who was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.

  • King John, d. 1216: (aka Prince John)

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