Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves

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Anne of Cleves (1515 – 16 July 1557) was queen consort of England from 6 January to 9 July 1540 as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII.

 

In March 1539, negotiations for Anne's marriage to Henry began, as Henry believed that he needed to form a political alliance with her brother, William, who was a leader of the Protestants of western Germany, to strengthen his position against potential attacks from Catholic France and the Holy Roman Empire.

Anne arrived in England on 27 December 1539 and married Henry on 6 January 1540, but after six months, the marriage was declared unconsummated and, as a result, she was not crowned queen consort.

 

Following the annulment, Henry gave her a generous settlement, and she was thereafter known as the King's Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Queen Mary I, outliving Henry and the rest of his wives.

Standing approximately 55cm tall (22in), Anne comes complete with stand and accessories.