A bus driver named Trevor Tye was visiting the royal palace in England when he unwittingly snapped a photo of Henry VIII’s beheaded wife, the ghost of Catherine Howard.
Tye was taking a photo of the marble staircase in the 16th century Hampton Court palace, which was empty, so he wasn’t expecting to see an apparition of a young woman in the image when he returned home. As you can see below, the female figure is standing at the public entrance.
When Tye sent a copy of the image to the palace, he was surprised to hear that the security guard has also spotted the female ghost — and on several occasions.
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. She was dragged screaming through the palace before being imprisoned. After she was beheaded, rumors began to fly about her spirit haunting the palace she once shared with her husband.
There have been so many sightings of Catherine Howard’s ghost that one room in Hampton Court has been named the Haunted Gallery. Visitors claim they’ve heard screaming and have seen the female figure in a white gown.
“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?” Tye said. “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.”
Catherine Howard’s is not the only Hampton Court ghost. Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour is also said to haunt the palace after her death in 1537. The palace’s website also 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.