On this day: Arthur, Prince of Wales met Catherine of Aragon

Arthur Prince of Wales c 1500 Portrait of a princess(Infanta Catherine of Aragon or Mary Rose Tudor) circa 1502

The prince circa 1500, and a portrait thought to be Catherine, circa 1502.

On the 4th of November, 1501, Arthur, Henry the Eighth’s older brother, met his future wife. Catherine of Aragon had been communicating with Arthur via letters written in Latin, and yet when they met they discovered they spoke the language differently and couldn’t understand each other.

Both were fifteen at the time of their meeting. They married ten days later.

The prince would die in April the following year, leaving Henry to go on to become king, as well as to marry his wife.

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