Monday, April 27, 2009

Question from Jessica - Descendants of Henry VIII alive today

I tried the search option and didn't come up with the answer to my question, so I apologize if this has been asked/answered previously.

Are there any direct descendants of Henry VIII alive today?

Thank you for your time.


Anonymous Kathy said...

There aren't any that anybody knows of. He only acknowledged being the father of Mary I (by Katherine of Aragon), Elizabeth (by Anne Boleyn), Edward VI (by Jane Seymour) and Henry, Duke of Richmond(illegitimate by Elizabeth Blount). None of these had any descendants, legitimate or otherwise.

If you read the threads further down, there are a lot of questions as to whether any of Mary Boleyn Carey's children are Henry VIII's or not. Any descendants would come through that line, but he didn't claim any of them as his children, so it's all speculation.

Unless and until any DNA analysis is available, the only answer can be no, that there are no living descendants of Henry VIII. There are, however, well documented descendants of both of his sisters, Margaret and Mary.

April 27, 2009 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

None that are recognised as such. There is a lot of speculation about the paternity of Henry and Catherine Carey, and if they were Henry's then his descendants would include Elizabeth II. There are also many others who have been claimed as Henry's illegitimate offspring and one of these went on to have descendants. However, there is no historical evidence whatsoever to link Henry to this man or his mother.

April 28, 2009 11:02 AM  

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