Their next child, Katherine, born in 1639, died shortly after birth
but Prince Henry, duke of Gloucester, who came into the world as
troubles were mounting for his parents in 1640, was a healthy boy. . .
. . . the newest addition to the Stuart line, slept peacefully in
his cradle but he would never really know his father, or experience the
light-hearted childhood of his siblings. The world around them all was
changing and they would be as severely affected by it as the humblest of
their father’s subjects.
. . . Mary wished fervently to keep her little brother with her
indefinitely. Like most people who met him, she found him endearing.
Elizabeth of Bohemia also wrote warmly of ‘my sweet nephew’. But sadly
for the two ladies, and, as events would show, even more tragically for
Henry, he did not stay long at The Hague. Scarcely a month later, it was
made clear by Charles II that his youngest brother must come to Paris.
His mother had not seen Henry since 1641 and he felt it wrong to deny
her request to have the boy by her side. . .