King Richard Wife: Did Richard Fall in Love With Anne Neville?


From 26 June 1483 until his death in 1485, Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England and Lord of Ireland. He was the last of the Plantagenet dynasty and the last of the House of York’s kings.

The end of the Middle Ages in England was marked by his loss and death at the Conflict of Bosworth Field, the final decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Richard III, one of William Shakespeare’s history/tragedy plays, features him as the protagonist.

Following his brother King Edward IV’s accession in 1461, Richard was made Duke of Gloucester. In 1472, he married Anne Neville, daughter of the 16th Earl of Warwick, Richard Neville.

Who Is Wife of King Richard III?

Anne Neville (11 June 1456 – 16 March 1485) was an English queen who was the younger of Richard Neville’s two daughters and co-heiresses (the “Kingmaker”).

As the bride of Edward of Westminster (King Henry VI’s sole son and heir presumptive), she became Princess of Wales, and subsequently Queen of England as the wife of King Richard III.

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She was a key figure in the Wars of the Roses, which pitted the Houses of York and Lancaster for the English throne. She was a member of the great House of Neville.

Her father, Warwick, had her engaged as a young girl to Edward, Prince of Wales, Henry VI’s son. The marriage was intended to cement an alliance with the House of Lancaster and put an end to the civil war between the two houses.

King Richard III Marriage!

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, married her on July 12, 1472. (who became Richard III). Their son Edward, Prince of Wales, died in 1484 and was buried near Neville’s property in Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire.

Anne Neville’s Coronation!

On the 6th of July, 1483, when Richard rose to the throne, Anne was crowned beside him in Westminster Abbey. From Westminster Hall to the Abbey, the newlyweds went barefoot on a crimson fabric ribbon.

Anne Neville’s Burial!

On the 16th of March 1485, during a solar eclipse, Anne died at the Palace of Westminster.

She was buried on the southern side of the Abbey’s High Altar, in front of the Sedilia, after a spectacular burial (seats for the priests).

Her tomb was not marked by a gravestone or monument, presumably because Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth that year.

(In the late 19th century, a lead coffin was seen near the Sedilia while Sir George Gilbert Scott was preparing the new High Altar, but it was not disturbed – this could have been the queen’s coffin.)


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