Kateryne, the Quene, perhaps Sudeley Castle's most famous royal resident
Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII, outlived her husband by just 18 months. On his death in January 1547 she became queen dowager and expected to have large role in the running of his kingdom, now ruled by his young son, Edward VI. On her death, in September 1548, she was a sidelined figure stuck in the middle of the beautiful but remote Gloucestershire countryside. Her funeral, which took place on September 9th 1548, went virtually unremarked. But it was as exceptional and game changing as the queen herself had been in life.
Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII, was the first public figure in England to be given a public Protestant funeral
The 2012 re-enactment of Katherine Parr's funeral at St Mary's Church in Sudeley, Gloucestershire
The ruins of the earlier Sudeley Castle where Katherine Parr spent the last months of her life
The peaceful countryside around Sudeley has remained pretty much unchanged in the years since her death although the castle itself was rebuilt along with a lodge after Cromwell's forces attacked in the 17th century
In 2012, an reenactment of her funeral was held with commentary by Dr David Starkey at Sudeley Castle. To modern eyes, the service was elaborate but for the people of the brave new world of Tudor England it was a barely noticeable farewell for their former queen. Katherine still rests at Sudeley and her tomb can be visited when touring the castle. Its simple memorial plaque is humble and sensible, very like Katherine herself, but just like Henry's last Kate liked to do it also reminds those who look on it that once she was Queen of England.
Photos of Sudeley: Lydia Starbuck