8th August 1553 – Edward VI’s Burial

On the 8th August 1553, King Edward VI was buried. His reformed rites were performed by Thomas Cranmer and he was buried beneath the original altar of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey. The procession was led by ‘a grett company of chylderyn in ther surples’ and watched by Londoners ‘wepybg and lamenting’. The funeral chariot, draped in cloth of gold, was topped by an effigy of Edward, with crown, sceptre and garter.

We don’t know exactly what caused Edward’s death. The surgeon who opened his chest after his death found that ‘the disease whereof his majesty died was the disease of the lungs’. The Venetian ambassador reported that Edward had died of consumption (tuberculosis) and this has been accepted by many historians.

Edward’s grave was unmarked until the present stone was inserted, just in front of the altar:

Memorial over grave of Edward VI, Westminster Abbey

Sources

Westminster Abbey Website

Edward VI’s Wikipedia Page

Portrait_of_Edward_VI_of_England

Picture of Edward VI.

 

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