Definition of the Princes in the Tower from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Princes in the Tower

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a name given to the two young sons of King Edward IV, i.e. the boy king Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York (1472-83), who went to live in the royal apartments (= private rooms) in the Tower of London in 1483 after their father died. They disappeared, and some people believe they were murdered either by Richard III, who had become king, or by Henry VII. The bones of two young children found in the Tower and tested in 1933 are believed to be theirs. see also White Tower