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Happy Birthday Anne of Cleves

Hans Holbein's Portrait of Anne of Cleves
Hans Holbein’s Portrait of Anne of Cleves (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Anne of Cleves was born on September 22, 1515 in Dusseldorf. She became the fourth wife of Henry VIII on January 6, 1540….and his ex-wife (“Beloved Sister”) on July 9, 1540.  When you consider that she received Richmond Palace and Hever Castle as part of her settlement – and she kept her head – she really fared better than just about any other of Henry’s queens…


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