This is a reproduction of the crown worn by the infamous Henry VIII, the powerful plus-sized king with many wives. The original was made either for Henry VIII or his father Henry VII and was worn by subsequent Tudor and Stuart monarchs up until it was broken apart & melted down at the Tower of London in 1649 under the orders of Oliver Cromwell (when the monarchy was abolished and replaced by the Protectorate). The original crown was made of solid gold and inset with various rubies...
1st January 1511: In the early hours of the morning Catherine of Aragon gave birth to a son, Henry Duke of Cornwall, son of Henry VIII. Tragically the little boy was to die only fifty two days later on February 22nd. How different Tudor history and England may have been if the little boy had lived.
King Henry VIII was born on this day 28th June, 1491. King of England and second son of Henry VII he married six times, beheaded two wives, broke away from the Catholic Church to form the Church of England, executed Catholics who failed to recognize the church and executed Protestants who complained that he should execute more Catholics, yet he still managed to remain a popular King
Henry VIII Marries Catherine of Aragon: The Start of a 20 Year Marriage
Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors. When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist. She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.