On January 6, 1540, Henry VIII married for the fourth time. It took two and a half years after the death of his favorite wife, Jane Seymour, and was not a marriage he really wanted. Despite believing that the German princess was beautiful, Henry VIII soon found a distaste for Anne of Cleves and the marriage only lasted six months.
The wedding was initially supposed to take place on January 4, but Henry VIII desperately wanted to find a way out of it. However, by the night of the next day, he knew that he had no choice. Poor Anne had no idea about the truth behind the delay, but she handled the six month marriage and subsequent annulment with grace; something that helped her in the future.