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28 Dec 2015

Could this be the ghost of one of Henry VIII's wives? Bus driver snaps spooky figure of a woman at Hampton Court Palace where Catherine Howard was imprisoned before being beheaded

  • Trevor Tye, 45, took photograph of the marble staircase in public entrance
  • When he looked at picture, Mr Tye spotted ghostly figure of young woman
  • Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was beheaded at palace in 1542
  • Palace said there have been several alleged sightings of Ms Howard's spirit

A bus driver claims to have captured a ghost on camera while visiting the royal palace where one of Henry VIII's wives was beheaded.

Trevor Tye, 45, was at Hampton Court Palace when he took a fairly routine photograph of the marble staircase.

But, when he returned from the 16th century stately home, he looked at the photograph again and spotted the figure of a young woman stood eerily in the public entrance. 

A bus driver claims to have captured a ghost on camera while visiting the royal palace where one of Henry VIII's wives was beheaded

A bus driver claims to have captured a ghost on camera while visiting the royal palace where one of Henry VIII's wives was beheaded

Trevor Tye was at Hampton Court Palace when he took a routine photograph of the marble staircase. But, when he returned from the 16th century stately home, hepotted the figure of a young woman

Trevor Tye was at Hampton Court Palace when he took a routine photograph of the marble staircase. But, when he returned from the 16th century stately home, hepotted the figure of a young woman

Mr Tye claims he sent the picture to the palace, which informed him that a security guard had spotted the ghost of a young woman or girl in the same spot on more than one occasion.

Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was beheaded at the palace in 1542 for allegedly having an affair with her first cousin Sir Thomas Culpeper and her ghost is still said to haunt the place. 

Mr Tye, from York, said: 'I didn't even realise I had caught anything unusual until I got home and a friend looked at some of my pictures and said "who is that girl?"

'I couldn't believe it as the room was completely empty when I took the picture so I know that there is no way it is someone in the shot.

'I have had the picture examined by experts and everyone has said the picture has not been tampered with at all, so for me the only explanation is that it is a ghost.'

Mr Tye, who works for York Pullman Bus Company, has been an avid ghost hunter for more than a decade but says this is the clearest proof he has ever seen.

'It is most definitely one of the best examples of a ghost being caught on camera and I think this is especially true since the security guard was able to confirm that he has seen the same figure too,' he said.

'I was very careful when taking the picture to ensure no one was in the room - the last thing I wanted was someone ruining my shot.

'Unfortunately the vast majority of ghost pictures you see are faked so I am really pleased to have caught something like this.'

Catherine Howard was dragged screaming through the palace after being accused of adultery and imprisoned.

Mr Tye claims he sent the picture to the palace, which informed him that a security guard had spotted the ghost of a young woman or girl in the same spot on more than one occasion

Mr Tye claims he sent the picture to the palace, which informed him that a security guard had spotted the ghost of a young woman or girl in the same spot on more than one occasion

Hampton Court, home to Henry the VIII, has long been famed for its ghosts. The palace's website lists Sibell Penn, the Lady in Grey, and a 'Skeletor' figure caught on CCTV in 2003 as ghosts who might haunt the home

Hampton Court, home to Henry the VIII, has long been famed for its ghosts. The palace's website lists Sibell Penn, the Lady in Grey, and a 'Skeletor' figure caught on CCTV in 2003 as ghosts who might haunt the home

After being beheaded, it is said that her spirit returned to haunt the home she had shared with her husband. 

HENRY VIII'S SIX WIVES  

Catherine of Aragon: Five infants stillborn or died just after birth. Only survivor was Mary. Marriage ended in divorce - and split with Rome - in 1533.

Anne Boleyn: One surviving child, Elizabeth. Had at least two miscarriages - including a boy lost after four months. Executed for treason in 1536. 

Jane Seymour: Married Henry in 1536. Produced his only male heir Edward. Said to be Henry's favbourite, she died 12 days after the birth in 1537 at the age of 29. The King felt she was his 'first true wife'. 

Anne of Cleves: Queen from January to July 1540, aged 24. Marriage was never officially consummated and subsequently annulled. She was given a generous settlement. 

Catherine Howard: Married 1540, aged around 15. Found Hentry repulsive and had an affair with a courtier, who was Henry's cousin. She was executed for adultery in 1542

Katherine Parr: Married at 31 in 1543. Remarried six months after Henry died in 1548 and became pregnant for the first time in her mid-30s.

One room of Hampton Court has become known as the Haunted Gallery as there have been so many alleged sightings of her.

Visitors to the room have described hearing screams and seeing apparitions in the gallery. It is said she is usually seen in a white gown. 

He said: 'I don't know who the ghost is, but it is either a young woman or perhaps a girl of maybe 16 or 17. It is hard to make out the age of her clothing but it doesn't look modern.

'It looks like she is looking down and reading something on a stand in front of her.

'I am not scared by the picture and would happily go back to Hampton Court, but I doubt I'll capture anything quite like this again.' 

Hampton Court, home to Henry the VIII, has long been famed for its ghosts. 

His third wife Jane Seymour is also said to haunt the palace after dying there in 1537.

The palace's website lists Sibell Penn, the Lady in Grey, and a 'Skeletor' figure caught on CCTV in 2003 as ghosts who might haunt the home.  

Hampton Court's website states: 'Hampton Court Palace, with its 500 years of history, has seen many dramatic royal events from the death of Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, to the condemnation and house arrest of his fifth, Catherine Howard, for adultery.

'Over the centuries, staff, visitors, workmen and residents have experienced strange phenomena for which there is often no practical explanation.' 



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