Anne Boleyn's father, Thomas Boleyn, owned the castle and Anne lived at the castle as a child. King Henry VIII first saw Anne on one of his visits to the castle and soon afterwards Anne was appointed a maid-of-honour to Henry's first wife Catherine of Aragon. Anne became Henry's second wife, but after failing to provide a male heir for the English throne Henry had Anne convicted of treason and executed. The ownership of Hever Castle was stripped from the Boleyn family. Later the castle passed into the hands of Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Several different families then took ownership of the castle over the following centuries.