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These burial places of British royalty record the known graves of monarchs who have reigned in some part of the British Isles (currently includes only the monarchs of Scotland, England, native princes of Wales to 1283, or monarchs of the Great Britain, and the United Kingdom), as well as members of their royal families.

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Monarchs of England (to 1603)Edit

Pre-conquestEdit

Name Death Place of burial Image
Egbert 839 Old Minster, Winchester bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Æthelwulf 855 Steyning Church, then the Old Minster, Winchester bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Æthelbald 860 Sherborne Abbey, Dorset  
Æthelbert 866
Æthelred I 871 Wimborne Minster, Dorset  
Alfred the Great 899 originally Old Minster, Winchester

moved to New Minster then Hyde Abbey - current whereabouts are unknown

 
Edward the Elder 924 New Minster, Winchester

moved to Hyde Abbey - current whereabouts are unknown

Æthelstan 939 Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire  
Edmund I 946 Glastonbury Abbey  
Eadred 955 Old Minster, Winchester bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Eadwig (Edwy) 959 Bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Edgar 975 Glastonbury Abbey
Edward the Martyr 978 Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset. Bones reputed to be his now reside in the Church of St. Edward the Martyr, Brookwood.
Æthelred the Unready 1016 Old St Paul's Cathedral. Tomb lost in the Great Fire of London, referenced as such on a plaque outside the crypt of the present church.  
Edmund Ironside 1016 Glastonbury Abbey  
Sweyn Forkbeard 1014 Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark  
Cnut the Great 1035 Old Minster, Winchester bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Harold Harefoot 1040 St Clement Danes, London  
Harthacnut 1042 Bones now thought to be in one of the six mortuary caskets in Winchester Cathedral  
Edward the Confessor 1066 Westminster Abbey. Edward was the first king buried in the church. In the 13th Century, Henry III had his remains transferred to a shrine in the rebuilt abbey, in the new chapel named after him.  .
Harold Godwinson 1066 Waltham Abbey, Essex (by repute)  

Post-conquestEdit

Name Death Place of burial Images
William I 1087 Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen, Normandy  
William II 1100 Winchester Cathedral  
Henry I 1135 Reading Abbey, Berkshire
His remains were lost after the ruin of the Abbey.[1]
   
Stephen 1154 Faversham Abbey, Kent The abbey was demolished after the Reformation and Stephen's grave was destroyed.  
Matilda 1167 Rouen Cathedral, Normandy, France Remains transferred from Bec Abbey in Normandy.  
Henry II 1189 Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou, France The grave no longer exists and was probably destroyed during the French Revolution. The effigies survived.  
Richard I 1199  
John 1216 Worcester Cathedral  
Henry III 1272 Edward the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey[2]  
Edward I 1307  
Edward II 1327 Gloucester Cathedral  
Edward III 1377 Edward the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey[3]  
Richard II 1400
Henry IV 1413 Canterbury Cathedral  
Henry V 1422 Westminster Abbey
Henry VI 1471 Windsor Castle (reburied in St George's Chapel 1484)  
Edward IV 1483 St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Edward V ?1483 Traditionally believed to have been murdered and buried secretly in the Tower of London. Bones presumed to be his and those of his brother Richard, Duke of York were unearthed in the Tower in 1674 and re-buried in Westminster Abbey four years later.
Richard III 1485 Leicester Cathedral. Originally buried across the street in Greyfriars, but the original tomb was lost when the friary was demolished in 1538. The remains of Richard III were recovered by an archaeological dig in 2012 and re-interred in 2015.[4]  
Henry VII 1509 Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
Henry VIII 1547 St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Edward VI 1553 Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey
Jane 1554 St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London  
Mary I 1558 Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
Elizabeth I 1603  

Monarchs of Scotland (to 1603)Edit

Native princes of Wales (to 1283)Edit

Name Death Place of burial Image
Owain Gwynedd 1170 Bangor Cathedral
Dafydd ab Owain Gwynedd (prince of north Wales only) 1203 England?
The Lord Rhys (prince of south Wales only) 1197 St. David's Cathedral
Llywelyn ab Iorwerth 1240 body interred at Aberconwy Abbey; later (apparently) removed to Maenan Abbey; sarcophagus now found at parish church of Llanrwst
Dafydd ap Llywelyn 1246 body interred at Aberconwy Abbey; current whereabouts unknown
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd 1282 Cwmhir Abbey
Dafydd ap Gruffudd 1283 Hanged, drawn and quartered at Shrewsbury

Monarchs since 1603Edit

(of England, and Scotland (1603–1707); of Great Britain (1707–1801); of United Kingdom (1801–present))

Name Death Place of burial Image
James VI and I 1625 Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
Charles I 1649 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle  
Interregnum. As Lords Protector the Cromwells served as heads of state and exercised monarchical power
Name Death Place of burial Image
Oliver Cromwell (Protector) 1658 Tyburn, London. Moved from Westminster Abbey in 1660 and dumped in a pit after posthumous execution.
Richard Cromwell (Protector) 1712 All Saints Church, Hursley, Hampshire
Restored monarchy
Name Death Place of burial Image
Charles II 1685 Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
James II and VII 1701 Chapel of St Edmund, Church of the English Benedictines, Rue St. Jacques, Paris

(lost at the French Revolution)[19]

Mary II 1694 Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
William III and II 1702
Anne 1714
George I 1727 Chapel of Leine Castle in Hanover, Germany; moved from the crypt to the Welfenmausoleum [de] at Herrenhausen on 5 December 1957.[20][21] He was the last British monarch buried outside of the British Isles.  
George II 1760 Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey[5]
George III 1820 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
George IV 1830
William IV 1837
Victoria 1901 Frogmore, Windsor  
Edward VII 1910 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
George V 1936
Edward VIII 1972 Royal burial ground at Frogmore, Windsor  
George VI 1952 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle  

Jacobite pretendersEdit

Name Death Place of burial Image
James Stuart ("Old Pretender")

Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie")

Henry Benedict Stuart

1766

1788

1807

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican (see also Monument to the Royal Stuarts)  

 

Other Royal burials (by place)Edit

Name Cemetery image Person interred Grave image
Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum, Frogmore   Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent (1861)
Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore   Prince Albert (1861)
St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle  

Queen Elizabeth Woodville (1492) Queen Jane Seymour (1537) Princess Amelia (1810) Princess Augusta, Dowager Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1813) Princess Charlotte (1817) Queen Charlotte (1818) Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1820) Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1827) Princess Augusta (1840) Queen Adelaide (1849) Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1884) Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence (1892) Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge (1897) Prince Francis, Duke of Teck (1900) Queen Alexandra (1925) Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (re-interred 1930) Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge (re-interred 1930) Queen Mary (1953) Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (ashes 2002) Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (2002)

Royal burial ground, Frogmore  

Princess Helena Prince Arthur of Connaught Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught Princess Louise Prince William of Gloucester (1972) Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester Prince George, Duke of Kent Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1968) Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (1986) Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone The Earl of Athlone Viscount Trematon Lady May Abel Smith Sir Henry Abel Smith

St Ninian's Chapel, Braemar  

Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife (1912) Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife (1959, ashes) The Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife (1931) Alastair Windsor, 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1943)

Althorp   Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)
Westminster Abbey  

Edith of Wessex (1079) Matilda of Scotland (1118) Eleanor of Castile Philippa of Hainault Anne of Bohemia Catherine of Valois Anne Neville (1485) Elizabeth of York Anne of Cleves (1557) Anne of Denmark (1619) Elizabeth of Bohemia (1662) Prince George of Denmark (1708) Caroline of Ansbach (1737) [22]

Peterborough Cathedral

Catherine of Aragon (1536)

St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London  

Anne Boleyn (1536) Catherine Howard (1542) Lady Jane Grey (1554) Guildford Dudley (1554)

Sudeley Castle

Catherine Parr (1548)

St Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight  

Princess Beatrice (1944) and Prince Henry of Battenberg (1896)

St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, Norfolk   Prince John (1919)
Vadstena Abbey, Sweden   Queen Philippa of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (1430)  
The Royal Cemetery, Solna, Sweden   Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden (1922)  
Ypres Town Cemetery and Extension, Ypres, Belgium.   Prince Maurice of Battenberg (1914)  
Brunswick Cathedral, Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany.   Caroline of Brunswick (1821)
Convent of the Visitations, Chaillot, near Paris Mary of Modena (1718)
Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon, Portugal   Catherine of Braganza (1705/6)
Basilica of St Denis, Paris, France  

Francis II of France (husband of Mary Queen of Scots) (1560) Henrietta Maria of France (1669)

El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain   Philip II of Spain (widower of Mary I of England) (1598)
Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Scotland   Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (1567)
Church of St John, Mirow, Germany   Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1916)

SourcesEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "A search for bones of Henry I is planned in Reading". BBC News. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ Westminster Abbey Website (accessed 30 April 2015)
  3. ^ Westminster Abbey Website (accessed 30 April 2015)
  4. ^ Burns, John F. (26 March 2015). "Richard III Gets a Kingly Burial, on Second Try". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Abbey Tour - The Lady Chapel Westminster Abbey website (accessed 20 June 2007)
  6. ^ a b Eochaid & Giric Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  7. ^ Findagrave.com (accessed 20 June 2007)
  8. ^ Ross, David R (2003). Passion for Scotland. Dundurn. p. 37. ISBN 1842820192.
  9. ^ Malcolm III Canmore Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  10. ^ William I Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  11. ^ Alexander II Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  12. ^ John Balliol Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  13. ^ Robert II Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  14. ^ findagrave.com (accessed 20 June 2007)
  15. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10211". The Peerage.[unreliable source] (accessed 20 June 2007)
  16. ^ His queen – Jaon Beaufort – and Margaret Tudor (James IV's queen) are also buried there.find a grave.com (accessed 20 June 2007)
  17. ^ James III Undiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  18. ^ James IVUndiscovered Scotland (accessed 20 June 2007)
  19. ^ James' body was not actually buried - but remained in a coffin for a transfer to Westminster Abbey that never happened. His brain went the Scots College in Paris, his heart to the Convent of the Visitandine Nuns at Chaillot, and his bowels to the English Church of St. Omer and the parish church of St. Germain-en-Laye. All the body parts were lost during the French Revolution except the praecordia which as rediscovered in 1824 at the parish church of St. Germain-en-Laye, where it still remains. James II and VII, The Jacobite Heritage (accessed 20 June 2007)
  20. ^ Helmut Knocke and Hugo Thielen (2007). Mausoleum, in: Dirk Böttcher, Klaus Mlynek (Eds.): Hannover Kunst- und Kultur-Lexikon. Handbuch und Stadtführer. Springe: zu Klampen Verlag. ISBN 978-3-934920-53-8 (p.92)
  21. ^ Weir, Alison (1996). Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised edition. Random House. pp. 272–276. ISBN 0-7126-7448-9.
  22. ^ Westminster Abbey Website (Accessed 1 December 2014)