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09 Apr 1483 – 26 Jun 1483
Edward was born in the sanctuary at the Palace of Westminster, London, while his father was in exile.
Edward V, and his brother Richard were known as the "Prince's in the Tower." He was deposed on 25 June 1483 and usurped by his uncle, Richard III. Twelve-year-old Edward V and his 9-year-old brother Richard, Duke of York, were moved to the Tower of London shortly after their father's death, in the name of protection. It's thought he and his younger brother were sent to the Tower of London and murdered when he was only twelve.
A body of a 12-year-old male was later discovered in the Tower on 6 July 1933, but Edward was officially buried at Westminster Abbey in 1674.
(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) King Edward IV died on 9 April 1483. Later that month the Privy Council announced that his eldest son, Edward would be crowned on 4 May. On 10 May the coronation was delayed until 24 June. Edward was confined to the Tower of London, and on June 16 he was joined by his brother Richard, Duke of York (b.1472). On 6 July, Richard, Duke of Gloucester was crowned king. Richard's first parliament declared the princes illegitimate on the grounds of a pre-contract between Edward IV and Lady Eleanor Butler, daughter of Ralph Butler, Lord Sudley.
As early as July 1483 it was rumored that the princes had been murdered and secretly buried in the Tower, an account later repeated by Edmund Hall. Weever claimed that Richard III had their bodies exhumed and thrown into the Thames in holed coffins. Counter-rumors that one or both of the princes had survived persisted into the 1490s, prompting a series of pretenders. In 1674 workmen digging near a staircase leading to a chapel in the White Tower found a wooden chest containing two skeletons. The remains were thought to be those of the princes, even though other skeletons had been unearthed in the Tower. Four years later the remains were installed in Westminster Abbey in the north aisle of Henry VII's Chapel, housed in a marble urn designed by Christopher Wren. The sarcophagus stands today at the east end of the north aisle. But the conclusions over whose bones were found in the seventeenth century and entombed in Westminster Abbey have since been contested, and have never been satisfactorily resolved.
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