Catherine Parr, who was loved by the late king, had been well provided for in Henry’s will. She received an annual stipend, her own property, and even access to the crown jewels until the time King Edward should marry. After Henry’s death, she set up residence at Chester House where she became guardian for girls of noble birth, including her stepdaughter the Princess Elizabeth and Lady Jane Gray. At Chester House, the girls found a refuge of kindness and encouragement where they were able to pursue their formal educations, practice their Reformist religion and prepare for life at court.
A portrait of Sir Thomas Seymour by aritst Nicholas Denizot. Seymour was sent away from court on a diplomatic post during Henry VIII's reign. This was mostly so the old king could pursue Catherine Parr, Seymour's love interest. Parr would become Henry's sixth and final wife. Still, Henry provided for Seymour in his will, raising him to the peerage. Seymour was given the title Lord High Admiral, but was left off the ruling council for his nephew, King Edward VI.