King Henry VIII became king on 21st April 1509 following the death of his father Henry VII who died at Richmond Palace at the age of 52.
Henry VIII’s reign was seen as a new era and a fresh start for the country.
Henry had become heir to the throne after the death of his older brother Arthur in 1502, an example again of a spare becoming the heir.
Henry was handsome, athletic and was nearly as tall as his grandfather King Edward IV who was over 6′ tall.
Henry died on 28th January 1547 aged 55 at Whitehall in London. He was buried in the Quire of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, not far from the final resting place of his grandfather and founder of the chapel, King Edward IV.