Katherine of Aragon: 1st Wife of Henry VIII
Katherine of Aragon was named after her great-grandmother, Katherine of Lancaster – daughter of John of Gaunt and his second wife, Infanta Constance of Castile.
Henry VII also descended from John of Gaunt by his third wife, Katherine Swynford. John of Gaunt was son of King Edward III. Technically speaking, Katherine of Aragon had a stronger claim to the throne of England than her father in law, Henry VII
In 1509, Henry VIII married Katherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur’s widow. Less than two weeks later they were anointed and crowned together at Westminster Abbey.
Henry and Katherine had one surviving child…a daughter, Mary. Mary would go on to become Queen Mary I of England.
Here are some portraits we were able to find of Katherine of Aragon and we’ve tried our best to give appropriate credit on them.
By Michel Sittow: Katherine is thought to be the sitter
By Michel Sittow
Hardwick Hall © National Trust
Artist: Unknown; circa 1520 – NPG L246 – By permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury
by Unknown artist, oil on panel, early 18th century; NPG 163
Attributed to British School, 16th century; Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-77); Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015
English School c.1560; Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.
By Lucas Hornebolte, c.1525-26
Attributed to Lucas Horenbout; © National Portrait Gallery, London
Attributed to Lucas Horenbout ; NPG L244
By Richard Burchett (c) Palace of Westminster;
By Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen; NPG D18834; © National Portrait Gallery, London
By John Goldar, after Hans Holbein the Younger; NPG D24174; ;© National Portrait Gallery, London
RCIN 600855; Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014