■Second son of Henry VII
■Born: 28 June 1491 at Greenwich Palace
■Parents: Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
■Ascended to the throne: 21 April 1509 aged 17 years
■Crowned: 24 June 1509 at Westminster Abbey
(1) Catherine of Aragon 1509-1533 Divorced
(2) Anne Boleyn 1533-1536 Beheaded
(3) Jane Seymour 1536-1537 Died
(4) Anne of Cleves 1540 Divorced
(5) Catherine Howard 1540-1542 Beheaded
(6) Catherine Parr 1543-1547 Survived
■Children: Three legitimate who survived infancy; Mary, Elizabeth and Edward, and at least one illegitimate child Henry Fitzroy.
■Died: 28 January 1547 at Whitehall Palace, London, aged 55 years
■Buried at: Windsor
■Succeeded by: his son Edward VI
Henry succeeded to the throne because his elder brother Arthur died in 1502. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was Arthur's wife.
The best known fact about Henry VIII is that he had six wives!
Henry argued with the Pope and made himself the head of the new 'Church of England'.
Most school children learn the following rhyme to help them remember the fate of each wife: "Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived".