Tensions were rife until the very last moment. As the two camps lined the valley, the French mistook the English retinue's glittering gold coats for armour. Fearing that Henry was about to double-cross them, the French paused until they were reassured it was safe.
As they approached each other, Henry and François doffed their caps and, dismounting from their horses, embraced like brothers. The English and French retinues watched as their kings walked together arm-in-arm into a golden tent to begin their meeting.
Image: Crop of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, c.1545. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019