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Catherine of Aragon commemorated

Tomb of Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), first wife of King Henry VIII, and Queen of England from 1509-33, was buried in Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, on 29 January 1536.  Catherine spent her childhood in Grenada, Spain, and adopted the pomegranate (Punica granatum) fruit as her personal emblem, and usually at least one pomegranate is placed on her tomb.

On 14 January 2017 the tomb was decorated with two pomegranates, a small bunch of long-dead rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, considered to be an emblem of remembrance) and a bunch of florist’s flowers.

Edited 24 September 2022.

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