On this day in 1533 Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VII, died at Kimbolton Castle.
Having being married to the monarch for 24 years, Catherine’s status as the King’s wife was cut unceremoniously short as Henry’s ‘lady in waiting’ Anne Boleyn was officially recognised as the new Queen.
Fans of historical memory aids will recognise Catherine as the first in the following chain:
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
This, of course, relates to the pattern in which Henry VIII dismissed his six wives, with the exception of Katherine Parr, who ‘survived’.