King Henry VIII famously had six wives, but what he wanted most was a male heir. Henry’s first two wives, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, tried in vain for sons, but each only bore a single daughter. Henry divorced Katherine for Anne, and the former queen died alone in January 1536. Accused of witchcraft and adultery, Anne lost her head on the chopping block just a few months later. The two former queens reportedly haunt several English properties, but they aren’t alone. Legend has it Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife, roams Hampton Court Palace, searching for the baby she left behind.
King Henry VIII may have had six wives, but Anne Boleyn is arguably the most famous. Henry was so smitten by the dark-haired beauty that he declared himself head of the English church, invalidated his 24-year marriage to Katherine of Aragon, married Anne, and then banished the heartbroken Katherine to the palace she reportedly haunts. Despite all this, Anne too eventually lost the king’s favor. However, Anne wasn’t banished. She lost her head on the chopping block and now haunts several English properties.
Do this photo show the ghost of a slain queen? Taken at England’s Hampton Court Palace, the photo appears to show a woman in white standing in front of the banister. The bus driver who snapped the photo believes the woman is Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII. Cathrine was imprisoned at Hampton Court before her execution in 1542. She was just 21 years old.
Legend has it Catherine now haunts the historic palace which today serves as a tourist attraction. Visitors and staff report seeing her ghost racing through the gallery where Henry’s guards once dragged Catherine back to her room after she begged the king for her life.
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Does the infamous Gray Lady of Hampton Court Palace appear in this photo?
“Two names sprang instantly to mind when I saw the image,” said Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. “Catherine Howard, our celebrated ghost Queen and fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Sybil Penn, a royal nurse who is believed to be the ghostly spinner. Both are traditionally seen as The Grey Lady.”
Built in 1525, Hampton Court Palace has harbored kings, queens, and many other members of English royalty. Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymor, died at Hampton Court while giving birth to the couple’s only son. Catherine Howard was imprisoned at the palace before being executed for adultery. Penn died of smallpox at Hampton Court.