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Is this queen England's greatest ever consort?

On a hot summer day in 1543, a young widow married an ageing and much wed king in a ceremony that took many by surprise. By the time Katherine Parr said ‘I do’ to Henry VIII in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace on July 12th1543, his five previous unions and attitude towards marital harmony were such that continental contenders to be consort of England were all but running in…