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That's right. There are no real clues to tell us that the man in the painting was a king. Royal portraits usually had symbols to show who the person was and how powerful they were, e.g. crowns. Holbein did not use such symbols in this portrait. Henry is wearing a special garter (the Order of the Garter) but this only tells us that he was high-ranking nobility or a prince.


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