Henry, Duke of Cornwall

Henry, Duke Of Cornwall

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Henry, Duke of Cornwall was the name of two sons of King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry and Catherine had three children, but only Princess Mary (later Queen Mary I) survived infancy.

The first Henry, Duke of Cornwall

The first Henry, Duke of Cornwall (1 January - 23 February 1511) was the oldest child and Heir Apparent of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon. Catherine had already had a miscarriage six months into pregnancy in January 1510.

Birth and Christening

He was born on 1 January 1511, eighteen months after his parents' marriage and coronation. He was christened on the 5th of January. His two godfathers were William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Louis XII of France, and his godmother was Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy. At the actual christening, the baby prince's great aunt Anne of York, Countess of Surrey stood proxy for Margaret of Hapsburg, and Richard Foxe Bishop of Winchester stood proxy for the French King.

Celebrations and Death

Henry and his queen planned extravagant celebrations rivalling that of their joint coronation for the birth of his son and heir, who immediately became Duke of Cornwall and was expected to become Prince of Wales, King of England and third king of the House of Tudor. Henry carried Catherine's favour in a tournament, riding under the banner of "Sir Loyal Heart" the relationship between the royal pair, already...
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