The last portrait that Henry VIII posed for is thought to have been identified in a stately home where it has been hanging for more than 300 years.
The oil painting, which was created on an oak panel, has been hanging in a stately home in Wiltshire for more than 300 years with little clue as to its origins.
However, the value of the portrait jumped from a mere £10,000 to more than £1 million after experts examining tree rings in the panel discovered they could be dated to before the king died in 1547.
The painting was previously thought to be a portrait of the king painted after his death. Now, after thorough scientific examination of the oak, experts believe Henry VIII may have posed for an unknown artist in 1544, three years before his death. The wood is believed to date back to 1529.
The painting has an inscription on it stating that it was painted when the Monarch was aged 54, in the 36th year of his reign, but it was common for information to be placed on later copies.
But a closer look at the inscription showed it had been added at the same time the portrait was created.
It will now be moved to a glass case in a different area of Longleat House in Wiltshire where it had been display to visitors for much of the year.