Six Wives at Sudeley Castle
An exhibition of replica Tudor costumes associated with David Starkey’s TV series “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” celebrates Sudeley Castle’s royal connections with the King and his six wives – two of whom play a part in the Castle’s history. Henry VIII himself owned Sudeley throughout the whole of his reign and it later became home to his sixth wife, Katherine Parr.
Jane Stuart-Brown, the costume designer for the Starkey series, created this unique display of the glorious robes of the King and his Queens. Descriptions and details of each gown are given, explaining the fabrics and structures used and illustrating how the fashion of the day developed.
This exhibition also provides a useful chronology of Henry VIII’s marriages, a brief insight into who these ladies were and a reminder of what fate befell each one!
A piece of lace work thought to have been worked on by Anne Boleyn for Princess Elizabeth’s Christening is on display as well as a letter written by Henry VIII. We have a wonderful copy of ‘The Tudor Succession’ painting, a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham and miniature paintings of the Tudors.