Queen Katherine Parr Quincentenary Festival

This summer Sudeley Castle is celebrating 500 years since the birth of its former resident Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of the notorious King Henry VII. This six month festival started 11th April 2012 and celebrates the life of the former queen, who is buried at St Mary’s church within the castle’s gardens, with a series of historical, literary and musical events.

There will be various tea party events hosted by Lady Ashcombe as well as lectures by noted historians including Dr David Starkey. On this coming Saturday 28th April the screenwriter Michael Hirst, best known for the film ‘Elizabeth’ with Cate Blanchett, will be talking about his awarding-winning series ‘The Tudors’

The new Queen Katherine Parr exhibition at Sudeley Castle will also be displaying rare memorabilia such as original books written Katherine Parr herself and her love letters to Thomas Seymour.

The festival will culminate in the re-enactment of Katherine Parr’s funeral where Dr David Starkey will be providing live commentary. Her funeral was the first protestant funeral ever to be held.

For more information on these events please see www.sudeleycastle.co.uk.

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