Catherine Parr married Henry VIII on this day in 1543

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Catherine Parr: Queen of England – last wife of Henry VIII
Common clues: Catherine ____ (Henry VIII's sixth); Henry's sixth; Henry VIII's VIth
; Henry VIII's last wife
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 22361 / 86800
Catherine Parr

Catherine 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.

Catherine 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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