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Westminster Abbey has been the site of a monastery since the 8th century but it was the Anglo-Saxon monarch Edward the Confessor who rebuilt it into the Abbey that is the basis of the structure today.

On Edward's death in 1066 he became the first of a long line of monarchs to be buried there, a tradition that continued into the 19th century when it was superceded by St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The spouse of the ruling monarch, or royal consort, was often buried in the Abbey alongside them.

Another tradition which has continued up until the present day, began with William the Conqueror, who on Christmas Day 1066 became the first monarch to be crowned at the Abbey.

Many famous people have also been buried in the Abbey. In 1400 the poet Geoffrey Chaucer was buried there since when that part of the Abbey is known as Poet's Corner.

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The following is a list of the royal consorts who are buried in the Abbey.


Anglo-
Saxon



Normandy


Plantagenet Lancaster York Tudor Stuart Hanover


Anglo-Saxon

Edith of Wessex
Wife of Edward the Confessor
died 1075 ---


   

House of Normandy

Matilda of Scotland
First wife of Henry I
died 1118 ---


   

House of Plantagenet

Eleanor of Castile
First wife of Edward I
died 1290 ---
Philippa of Hainault
Wife of Edward III
died 1369 Portrait
Anne of Bohemia
First wife of Richard II
died 1394 ---


   

House of Lancaster

Catherine of Valois
Wife of Henry V
died 1437 Portrait


   

House of York

Anne Neville
Wife of Richard III
died 1485 ---


   

House of Tudor

Elizabeth of York
Wife of Henry VII
died 1503 See Note 1 Portrait
Anne of Cleves
Fourth wife of Henry VIII
died 1557 Portrait


   

House of Stuart

Henry, Prince of Wales
Son of James I
died 1612 Portrait
Anne of Denmark
Wife of James I
died 1619 See Note 2 Portrait
Mary, Princess of Orange
Daughter of Charles I
died 1660 Portrait
Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia
Daughter of James I
died 1662 Portrait
Anne Hyde
First wife of James II
died 1671 Portrait
William, Duke of Gloucester
Son of Queen Anne
died 1700 Portrait
George of Denmark
Husband of Queen Anne
died 1708 Portrait


   

House of Hanover

Prince George William
Son of George II

died 1718 Portrait
Caroline of Ansbach
Wife of George II
died 1737 Portrait
Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales
Son of George II
died 1751 Portrait
Princess Caroline Elizabeth
Daughter of George II
died 1757 Portrait
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
Son of George II
died 1765 Portrait
Princess Amelia Sophia
Daughter of George II
died 1786 Portrait



Notes
1. Also buried with their parents at Westminster are three children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York who didn't survive infancy. These are Elizabeth (d. 1495), Edmund (d. 1500 ) and Catherine (d. 1503) from whose birth Elizabeth didn't recover.

2. Also buried with their parents at Westminster are two daughters of James I and Anne of Denmark who didn't survive infancy. These are Sophia (d. 1606) and Mary (d. 1607).

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