Members welcomed a very special speaker to the December meeting, His Majesty King Henry VIII, impersonated by Tony Strange, magnificent in a flamboyant costume. In amusing and colourful (modern) language, Henry described how he met and married each of his six wives, and listed their good and bad points.
His first wife, Katherine of Aragon, had been briefly married to his older brother before his tragic early death. Initially Henry and Katherine’s was a happy marriage and lasted twenty-four years. Sadly, although pregnant many times, Katherine produced only one child, a daughter, who reached adult years. Henry decided he had committed a sin marrying his brother’s widow and he had grounds for divorce. Working through a further five wives eventually produced a son, only ten years before Henry’s death. He would never know his son died at fifteen, so it had all been to no avail.;