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Parr (c. 1512 – 5 September 1548), also known as Katherine
or Katharine Parr(e), was the last of the six wives of Henry VIII
of England. She was queen consort of England during 1543–1547,
then dowager queen of England. She was the most married English
queen, with four husbands. The eldest child of Sir Thomas Parr,
descendant of King Edward III and Maud Green (6 April 1495-20
August 1529), daughter of Sir Thomas Green of Green's Norton,
Northamptonshire. Catherine was born at Kendal Castle in
Westmoreland County where her ancestors had resided since the
fourteenth century. She had a younger brother, William Parr, 1st
Marquess of Northampton and a sister, Anne Parr, Lady Herbert.
Sir Thomas was Sheriff of Northamptonshire, master of the wards
and comptroller to King Henry VIII. Her mother, Lady Maud, was an
attendant of Catherine of Aragon.
married Henry VIII on 12 July 1543 at Hampton Court Palace. She
was the first English queen consort to enjoy the new title Queen
of Ireland following Henry's adoption of the title King of
Ireland. As queen, Catherine was partially responsible for
reconciling Henry with his daughters from his first two
marriages, who would later become Queens regnant, Mary and
Elizabeth. She also developed a good relationship with Henry's
son Edward, later Edward VI. When she became Queen, her uncle
Baron Parr of Horton became her Lord Chamberlain.
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