From about 1500 the kings and queens of England employed artists to paint their portraits. Henry VIII became king of England in 1509 when he was 18 years old. He had his picture painted many times.
Hans Holbein painted this portrait of Henry VIII in about 1537, when the king was about 46 years old
Henry VIII wanted to look strong and powerful. This picture shows how he wanted the world to see him. Henry VIII was a powerful king who was completely in charge of England. Nobody was stronger than Henry VIII, not even Parliament.
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