The Royals

Great Kates in History

From real-life queens to Hollywood royalty, meet the other women who've created a lasting legacy

CATHERINE PARR

1512–1548
Legacy: Last wife of Henry VIII
After two of his five wives lost their heads, Henry VIII's last (and tallest at 5 ft., 10 in.) wife was a sensible match for the 52-year-old monarch, whose girth had long overshadowed passion. Aside from providing a stable family life for Henry's three children and tending to the king's gout and ulcers, the devout queen was also a best-selling author, penning two religious works. Henry was reportedly so thankful to God for sending him "so faithful a spouse" that he decreed on his deathbed that Catherine should be paid an unheard of annual sum of £7,000 and allowed to keep her royal jewels.