Royal re-enactment helps put Parr back in the picture


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Most people dread funerals – but next month you can attend a Queen Katherine Parr funeral re-enactment at Sudeley Castle for £45.

It includes a morning service and lunch after the funeral at Sudeley Castle's Chapel, St Mary's, where the former Tudor resident Parr, Henry VIII's last wife, was laid to rest. The service is conducted by Rev John Partington, Vicar of Sudeley with a talk by Dr David Starkey.

This is part of Sudeley Castle's 500th anniversary of Parr's birth, and also includes an exhibition of seven photographs by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, from 1999, titled Henry VIII and his Six Wives (below), of wax figures staged and lit like Renaissance portraits.

Sugimoto urges us to reconsider "what it means to be alive here and now".

The Queen Katherine Parr Funeral Re-enactment, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire on 9 September