King Henry VIII Prince Henry VIII was born to King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York in 1491. When he was young he loved hunting, dancing, sports, and the church. King Henry is most famous for having six different wives. (The rhyme to remember how he split with them goes "Divorced, beheaded, and died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.) After the Pope wouldn't give him a divorce, he created his own church, The Church of England, of which he was the head. Henry VIII is also well known for increasing the royal navy from 5 ships to around 50. This video gives an overview of the Mary Rose. It was King Henry VIII's favorite ship. King Henry VIII died in 1547 at the age of 55.