King Henry VIII
Known for his six wives and for his tumultuous relationship with the Catholic Church, Henry VIII was born in Greenwich in 1491. He is also known for establishing the Royal Navy.
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Henry VIII timeline
28 June 1491 | Born in Greenwich Palace to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
2 April 1502 | Henry’s older brother Arthur dies, placing Henry next in line to the throne
24 June 1509 | Crowned at Westminster Palace
11 June 1509 | Marries Katherine of Aragon
18 February 1516 | Henry’s first child, Mary Tudor born in Greenwich
1532 – 34 | Henry breaks with the Catholic Church
25 January 1533 | Marries Anne Boleyn
7 September 1533 | Elizabeth born in Greenwich Palace
30 May 1536 | Marries Jane Seymour
12 October 1536 | Edward VI born
6 January 1540 | Marries Anne of Cleeves
28 July 1540 | Marries Katherine Howard
12 July 1543 | Marries Katherine Parr
28 January 1547 | Henry dies at Whitehall Palace
Henry VIII was not only born in Greenwich, but the birth of his daughters and two of his marriages also took place in the area.
Henry VIII facts
Did you know that Henry VIII was the person who established Woolwich and Deptford as the Royal Dockyards?
Henry VIII (1491–1547) is one of the most famous kings in English history. An important part of his legacy was his establishment of the Royal Navy, encouraging shipbuilding and creating dockyards.
Full hull model of 'Mary Rose' (1509), a 60-gun sailing warship D8553-1_slider.JPG
The Mary Rose was a warship built in Portsmouth for King Henry VIII. It sank in 1545 and was recovered in 1981, with many artefacts still on board.
The Tudor dynasty was founded in 1485 by Elizabeth's grandfather, Henry VII, when he emerged victorious after the dynastic Wars of the Roses.
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In the 17th and 18th centuries there were six Royal Navy Dockyards in England, at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Plymouth.
Greenwich Park is said to be the most historic of all London’s Royal Parks.
Henry VIII was born in Greenwich in 1491, and died in Whitehall at the age of 55. But Greenwich wasn't just the place of the king's birth: find out how an infamous jousting accident here resulted in a wound that would plague him for the rest of his life.
Henry VIII (1509-1547) is one of history’s most famous monarchs. His radical political and religious upheavals reshaped the Tudor world. He is best known for his six marriages and his life-long pursuit of a male heir. His six wives and their lives are the subject of much fascination and speculation that continues to this day.
Henry VIII is possibly the most famous King of England, known both for his six wives and for the splitting of the Church. He had several children from different women, but only three were legitimate and survived past infancy. These were King Edward VI, Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I. Many others were born illegitimately and only one of these was recognised - Henry Fitzroy.
Palace of Placentia
Conveniently situated beside the River Thames, Greenwich had been a popular royal residence for centuries. However, during Tudor times the area became a vital hub for the royal family.
King Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic Church is one of the most far-reaching events in English history. During the Reformation, the King replaced the Pope as the Head of the Church in England, causing a bitter divide between Catholics and Protestants. But why did Henry make such a drastic split?