King Henry VIII
The 23 April 2009 will be the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. To mark this occasion, there will be a special exhibition in the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle, from 8 April to 18 April 2010: Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition (title link). Henry was a teenager when he was proclaimed king, which might explain his reputation as Jack-the-lad and his rebellious attitude towards holier-than-thou father-figures who tried to tell him what to do. His need for a male heir famously took its toll on the ladies! If you can't wait until April, the National Portrait Gallery already has a display of lesser-known portraits of the king, Henry VIII Remembered, in Room 16 until 12 July (CLICK).