THE ROYAL TUDOR BEASTS
The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection
When the House of Lancaster overcame the House of York following the Wars of the Roses, a formidable dynasty was born. Henry VII, following his matrimonial union with Elizabeth of York to unite the houses, was keen to emphasise the legitimacy of his reign.
Ten stone beasts line the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace representing the lineage of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Consisting of real beasts and mythical creatures, we honour the heraldic symbols of one of the nation’s most powerful dynasties in The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection.
The Making of a Dynasty
Standing fierce and foreboding on the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace, the Seymour Panther was likely gifted to Jane Seymour by Henry VIII from the treasury of royal beasts.
Lion of England Bullion
The Royal Mint is celebrating the Royal Tudor Beasts in a new bullion coin collection, which starts with the king of the Royal Beasts – the Lion of England.
David Lawrence, an illustrator and sculptor with more than 30 years of experience that includes coin design, is the designer for all ten coins that will comprise The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection.
DISCOVER THE ROYAL TUDOR BEASTS
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