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In 1514, he helped negotiate the marriage of Mary Tudor, Henry’s sister to King Louis XII of France and in 1517 helped suppress the Evil May Day riots in London which arose because of resentment to foreign workers.In 1522, now in his eighties, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk finally retired from public life and his role as Lord High Treasurer. The family’s royal connections did not cease with Thomas’ death.
In 1503 he accompanied Margaret Tudor, Henry’s sister, north to Scotland for her marriage to James IV.
In addition to the title, Thomas Howard’s coat of arms were changed to include a shield bearing the lion of Scotland with an arrow through its mouth.
The now Duke of Norfolk did not retire from public life, despite being in his seventies.
Thomas first joined the army under Edward IV and fought with him both on the winning and losing side.
In 1470 when Henry VI was restored to the throne he was forced to flee to Colchester but he supported Edward in his campaign to regain the throne.