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How he grew from L to XXXL
The king’s armour shows how his waistline expanded over time
Henry’s combat dress from his jousting competitions show how he went from strapping young athlete to the flabby monster we’re more familiar with today. Aged 23, his armour had 34.7-inch waist and a 41.7inch chest. Five years later, there was the suit made for the Field of the Cloth of Gold — he had gone up to a 36.1-inch waist and 41.8-inch chest. A set of foot combat armour also made in 1520 shows some particularly rapid weight gain with a 37.9-inch waist and 44-inch chest. 20 years later, his armour for a tournament to celebrate May Day portrays his ballooning to a 51-inch waist and 54.5-inch chest!