On This Day

1453: Edward of Westminster, the Prince of Wales, the only son of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou was born at the Palace of Westminster.

At the time of Edward’s births Henry VI was suffering from a mental break, likely catatonic schizophrenia or depressive stupor, leaving the governing of the country to Richard Duke of York.  Up until Edward’s birth, Richard of York was the heir to the throne.  This sudden change to the dynastic line up while the king was unable to even acknowledge his son lead to many rumours that Edward of Westminster was secretly the child of another man.

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