After the death of his older brother, Arthur; King Henry VIII was crowned king in a joint coronation ceremony with is new wife, Catherine of Aragon. Let's see how he was as a boy. Henry VIII was born at the Palace of Placentia, Greenwich on 28 June 1491. Growing up, his focus in education was theology. Outside of school, riding, music, jousting and tennis were 4 of his talents. The closest friend was his cousin,William Compton. Before the throne, Henry VIII was a handsome, educated and eligible.