Memorial on Tower Green

Memorial on Tower Green

This picture was taken in the Tower of London on the Tower Green.  It is right in front of the chapel of St. Peter Ad Vincula and is on the site where the scaffold was supposedly located.  It was there that two of Henry VIII’s wives were executed- Anne Boleyn in 1536 and Catherine Howard in 1542.  The Lady Jane Grey, sometimes referred to as the Nine Days’ Queen, was also executed there.  When Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, was king, he named Jane Grey to be next in line for the crown instead of his sisters.  Edward died young in 1553 and Jane became queen, although it was only for nine days before she was overthrown and imprisoned.  She was eventually executed in 1554.  All three women are buried in the chapel.