Festival to remember former Queen Katharine of Aragon

Peterborough Cathedral and Cathedral Precincts. Photo: Alan Storer
Peterborough Cathedral and Cathedral Precincts. Photo: Alan Storer

The Spanish Ambassador will pay tribute to Katharine of Aragon at a special service in Peterborough this week.

Federico Trillo-Figueroa, and the Minister Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Fidel López will be at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday for the start of the Katharine of Aragon Festival, which is taking place this weekend.

The Festival will begin with an ecumenical service of commemoration at 10.30am on Friday, to which all are welcome. It will be attended by the representatives from Spain, Mayor of Peterborough cllr David Over and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Neil McKittrick.

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There will be a procession from Peterborough Museum in Priestgate to the Cathedral where Katharine is buried to start the service.

The renowned composer and folk singer, Stef Conner, will perform a musical setting of Katharine’s last letter to King Henry VIII, which she wrote just before her death.

A Peterborough Cathedral spokeswoman said: “The interest in Katharine of Aragon and her burial at Peterborough Cathedral remains as strong as ever. The annual Festival is a great way to show visitors something of the history of our city, and to tell the story of Katharine’s faith and life. Every year new visitors come to the Festival who have never visited Peterborough before and it is a great pleasure to welcome them.”

Katharine of Aragon was the first wife of Henry VIII. She was born near Madrid in Spain, and was Queen of England from 1509 until 1533. She eventually died at Kimbolton Castle and Henry instructed that she should be buried at Peterborough Abbey - now Peterborough Cathedral.

Her funeral took place on January 29 1536.

The festival will include a guided tour of the cathedral at 2pm on Friday, which will focus on the Tudor period, a talk by historical novelist Alison Weir at 7.30pm on Friday at the cathedral and a display about Tudor life at Peterborough Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information call Peterborough Cathedral on 01733 355315 or visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk