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500th anniversary for Henry VIII at Windsor Castle

Published: Wednesday 21st of January 2009

Arguably the most famous English king of all time, Henry VIII - the one with the six wives - will be the subject of a new year-long exhibition to run at Windsor Castle.

From April 8th, visitors to the castle - the official residence of the Queen - will be able to see some of the most dazzling and vital relics from the era of Henry.

The exhibition has been organised to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne, making clear just how old and precious these treasures are.

Henry VIII, like those monarchs before and after him in its 900-year history, stayed at Windsor Castle often and he is actually buried in St George's Chapel, alongside wife number three Jane Seymour.

While many have made the king a figure of fun, given his penchant for chopping off his wives' heads, his impact on English history was huge, being the king who broke away from Papal authority.

London Pass holders can gain free admission to Windsor Castle.

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