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9 July 1540 - Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves divorced
Jul 9 2011, 5:49 AM EDTKing Henry VIII was so pleased with Anne of Cleves agreeing to a divorce that he granted her money and estates and treated her with the deference that would be afforded to his Royal 'Sister'. Henry set up a settlement of 4,000 English pounds per year, and gave Anne of Cleves a number of homes, including Hever Castle the home of Anne Boleyn. Anne of Cleves was requested, in return, to make her permanent residence in England. King Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves were divorced 9 July 1540. The English Parliament declared the marriage between Henry and Anne of Cleves as null and void because Anne had once been engaged to the son of the Duke of Lorraine. Clever Anne of Cleves had emerged from the marriage to Henry VIII far happier than when she had entered it!
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