Anne of York
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 3
English royal, the first child and eldest surviving daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville.
Anne was the older sister of Henry Plantagenet (who died in infancy), Edward IV of England; Edmund, Earl of Rutland; Elizabeth of York, Duchess of Suffolk; Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy; George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence; and Richard III of England.
In 1447, at eight years old, Anne married Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter. They had one daughter, Anne Holland (c. 1455 – between 26 August 1467 and 6 June 1474), who married Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset.
On 4 March 1461, her younger brother was declared King Edward IV in London. Anne and Exeter separated in 1464 and divorced in 1472.
The king had, in 1467, extended the remainder of most of the Exeter lands to Anne and any heirs of her body (that is, if she remarried any future children could inherit them). Anne married secondly in about 1474 Thomas St. Leger, a loyal follower of Edward IV who rose up against Richard III as part of the Duke of Buckingham's attempted rebellion, and died giving birth to their only daughter, Anne St. Leger (14 January 1476 – 21 April 1526), who was heiress to the Exeter estates.
In August 2012, a dig to find the remains of Anne's brother King Richard III took place in Greyfriars, Leicester. In September, it was reported that remains had been found during the dig. The remains were tested using the mitochondrial DNA of Canadian Michael Ibsen. Mitochodrial DNA (mDNA) is inherited unbroken from mother to offspring along a female line. Michael is a 17th generation descendant of Anne of York by his mother Joy, herself a direct female descendant. The results of the DNA testing were officially announced on 4 February 2013, when University of Leicester researchers said that it was "beyond reasonable doubt" that a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed in 2012 was the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.