How Many Wives Did Henry VIII Have?

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King Henry VIII of England had six wives, only one of whom survived the king’s death. Two wives were executed, one died during child birth, and two marriages were annulled. These women were named, in order of marriage: Catherine of Aragon (marriage annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed), Jane Seymour (died in childbirth), Anne of Cleves (marriage annulled), Catherine Howard (executed) and Catherine Parr (survived).

The fates of Henry VIII’s wives can be remembered with a rhyme: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded survived. With the exception of his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, none of Henry VIII’s marriages lasted longer than 5 years.