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The Tudor Society

August 26 – Mary I prepares for her husband’s departure

On this day in Tudor history, 26th August 1555, Mary I and her husband, Philip of Spain, departed from Whitehall to prepare for Philip's departure. He was returning to the Low Countries.

Mary had just come out of confinement after months of believing she was pregnant, and now her husband was leaving her, so it must have been difficult for her. Philip would be gone for over 18 months.

Find out more about Mary's state of health and mind, the arrangements for Philip's departure, and Mary's reaction...

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August 26 – Mary I prepares for her husband’s departure