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Katharine of Aragon, is known to be the first of Henry VIII’s six wives. She is undoubtedly the most famous of the lot. Her tomb is an essential stop for visitors to Peterborough and the Cathedral. Katharine died close ti Kimbolton Castle, an exile from the royal court. A Tudor-themed festival is carded to take place to mark the anniversary of the date in 1536 when Katharine of Aragon was buried at Peterborough Abbey (now widely know as the Cathedral).

Katharine of Aragon was born on December, 16 1485 in Spain, daughter of King Katharine of Aragon’s standard hanging in Peterborough CathedralFerdinand II and Queen Isabella. Today Alcalá de Henares where she was born in Spain is Peterborough’s Spanish twin town to celebrate this historic association.

Katharine moved to England to marry Prince Arthur, the eldest son who was also the heir of Henry VII, in November of 1501 as part of a diplomatic settlement. Unfortunately, Arthur died in April 1502 after only five months of marriage, and according to Katharine throughout her life the marriage had never been consummated. Katharine’s status remained uncertain, although she was appointed as the Spanish ambassador to the English court in 1507, the first woman in European history to be given such a role.

According to the Cathedral’s notice on the event, the programme for the 2021 festival will include (restrictions permitting) ticketed events inside the Cathedral as well as online.

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