Anne of Cleves was Queen of England
from January 6 to July 9, 1540
as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII
Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, c.1539.
1540 – King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The French ambassador, Charles de Marillac, described Anne as tall and slim, “of middling beauty and of very assured and resolute countenance”. Following their annulment, Henry Vlll gave her a generous settlement, and thereafter she was referred to as, the “King’s Beloved Sister”. In 1527, at just 11 years of age, Anne was engaged to Francis, son and heir of Antoine, Duke of Lorraine. He was only 10. Within a few years, the arrangement was considered unofficial and cancelled in 1535.