Heirs Who Never Took The Throne – Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales


by Robert Peake the Elder, circa 1610









National Portrait Gallery:

The eldest son of James I and Anne of Denmark, Henry was by all accounts a remarkable prince; intelligent and learned, he excelled in feats of arms and was an informed patron of the arts. This portrait by his official artist Robert Peake is thought to have been painted soon after he was made Prince of Wales in 1610 at the age of sixteen. Henry is shown standing in an interior wearing a white doublet and trunks embroidered with scarlet. In his right hand he holds a glove and on the table lies his white hat which is decorated with Prince of Wales feathers and a jewel incorporating an ‘H’ and a ‘P’ for Henricus Princeps (Prince Henry). The view through the window is thought to be of his gardens at the palace of Richmond (now Richmond Park) which the Prince had modelled on those of the Villa d’Este at Tivoli. Purchased with the help of the National Art Collections Fund, 1966.










Via: Luminarium: Encyclopedia Project

Henry Frederick Stuart, first child of King James VI of Scotland (later King James I of England) and Anne of Denmark, was born on February 19, 1594, at Stirling Castle in Scotland. The pride of his parents, the heir apparent was groomed for kingship from the beginning. Henry was created Prince of Wales at Westminster in June 1610, the paragon of a prince: he was intelligent, well read, an excellent swordsman, an avid patron of the arts, and possessed of a strict sense of morality.


by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

by Robert Peake the elder

by Robert Peake the elder

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