.

Start Date [1]End Date [2]Headline [3]Text [2]Media [4]Media Credit [2]Media Caption [2]Media ThumbnailType [5]Tag [6] [7] [8] [9]

.

06/24/1509Henry VIII is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/TR.727-Timeline-Henry-VIII-I.51.jpg© Royal ArmouriesPortrait of Henry VIII, after Holbein. English, late 16th century. I.51Henry VIII

.

1515The Silver and Engraved Armour of King Henry VIIIThe first known product of Henry VIII's new workshop at Greenwich was this famous 'Silver and Engraved' armour, made in about 1515.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/TR.17-Royal-Armour-Henry-VIII-II.5-VI.1-5.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The Silver and Engraved armour of Henry VIII. II.5Henry VIII

.

1540The 1540 Armour of King Henry VIIIThis armour is the greatest of the Greenwich garnitures made for King Henry VIII. It is possible that it was intended for wear at a tournament held in May 1540 but there is no evidence that, at the age of 49, Henry ever competed in it himself.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Henry-viii-1540-armour.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The 1540 Armour of King Henry VIII II.8Henry VIII

.

02/20/1547Edward VI is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Di-2005-0213-timeline-possible-armour-Edward-VI-II.178.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Three quarter armour for a boy, possibly of King Edward VI. English, Greenwich, about 1550. II.178Edward VI

.

10/01/1553Mary I is crowned queenhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/mary-i.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of Mary 1st Queen of England, Britain, Feb 2nd, 1778, by J Thane.Mary I

.

01/15/1559Elizabeth I is crowned queenhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Elizabeth.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Possibly Anglo-Flemish, early 18th century. I.264Elizabeth I

.

07/25/1603 James I of Scotland is crowned King of Englandhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/james-i.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of James I, Britain, 19th century, from a painting by Paul VansomerJames I

.

1609Armour for a Boy, Probably Prince Henry StuartThis is one of a series of armours of Henry Prince of Wales, eldest son of James I. Henry died aged 18 from typoid before he could inherit the throne.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2010-0621-Royal-Armour-Prince-Henry-II.88.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Armour of a boy, probably Prince Henry Stuart. II.88Henry Stuart

.

1613Gilt armour of King Charles IThis is a very rare example of an armour completely covered in gold. It was made for Henry, Prince of Wales who died before it was completed and passed to his younger brother Charles I.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2010-0532-royal-armour-Charles-I-II.91.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Gilt armour of King Charles I. II.91Charles I

.

1616Armour of King Charles I as a BoyThis armour is likely to have been made for Charles I when he was Prince of Wales and was later worn by Charles II as Prince. http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2010-0480-Royal-Armour-Charles-I-as-boy-II.90.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Armour of King Charles I as a boy. II.90Charles I

.

02/02/1626Charles I is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/LOK-timeline-Charles-I-I.135.jpg © Royal Armouries 2013Engraved portrait of Charles I, British, mid-18th century. i.135 © Royal Armouries 2013 Charles I

.

08/22/1642The start of the English Civil Warhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/LOK-timeline-Oliver-Cromwell-I.265.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraved portrait of Oliver Cromwell, French, early 18th century. I.265 English Civil War

.

01/30/1646Execution of Charles Ihttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/LOK-timeline-Charles-I-I.136.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraved portrait of Charles I, Dutch, early 18th century. I.136 Charles I

.

03/25/1652Huygens visits displays at the TowerLodewijck Hugens, a young Dutch visitor, recorded in his journal seeing displays of royal armours on wooden horses in the Old Ordnance Storehouses when visiting the Tower.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Visitor-KP1-Huygens-Rijksmuseum.jpg©The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsPortrait of Lodewijck Huygens by Constantijn Huygens II, 1669Tower Visitor

.

05/29/1660Restoration of the monarchy

.

04/23/1661Charles II is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/RCIN-404921-Royal-Armour-portrait-Charles-II-in-II.90.jpgRoyal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013Portrait of Charles IICharles II

.

08/15/1661Schellinks visits displays at the TowerWillem Schellinks, a Dutch artist, took a guided tour of the Tower and described seeing '...the body armour of several Kings and their horses' armour... lined up in a row...' in the Long Storehouse.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/KP-2-Lapper-painting-of-TOL-in-1547.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The Tower in 1547' by Ivan Lapper, 1999 showing the old storehousesTower visitor

.

4/23/1665James II is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/james-ii.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of James II.James II

.

1672Jouvin de Rochefort visits displays at the TowerJouvin de Rochefort, a French mapmaker and traveller, wrote of his visit to the Horse Armoury at the Tower, 'Our Conductor showed us...some (armour) which had been worn by the different kings of England...'http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Visitors-KP3-Jouvin-de-Rochefort-Osterreichische.jpg© Österreichische NationalbibliothekPortrait of Albert de Rochefort, about 1680Tower visitor

.

06/1685Grinling Gibbons is commissionedGibbons was commissioned to provide a wooden horse and figure for the Tower at a cost of £40. A further order was placed in 1686 for a horse and figure of Charles I.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Wooden-head-craftsmen-Charles-II-2.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Carved wooden head of Charles II, probably by the workshop of Grinling Gibbons, 1685Grinling Gibbons

.

1687Light cavalryman's armourThis armour was made for King James II. It is the latest surviving royal armour in the Royal Armouries collection.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2010-0570-guidebooks-Royal-Armours-James-II-II.123.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Armour of James II. II.123James II

.

04/11/1689William III and Mary II are crowned joint rulershttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/TR.714-timeline-KP-5-William-III-I.40.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Portrait of William III as Prince of Orange. Dutch, mid 17th century. I.40William III

.

1692The Horse Armoury moves to the New StorehouseA newly configured display using royal armours mounted on bespoke carved wooden horses opened on the first floor of the New Storehouse (today called the New Armouries). This 'Line of Kings' featured 14 monarchs from William the Conqueror to Charles II.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Guidebooks-The-New-Armouries-2013.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The New Armouries todayHorse Armoury

.

04/23/1702Anne is crowned queenhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/anne.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of Queen Anne, London, 19th century, James S.Virtue, from the original painting by Sir Godfrey KnellerQueen Anne

.

1702William III joins the Line of KingsThe addition of William III to the Line brought the number of kings to 15. The wooden head for the figure was carved by Nicholas Alcock and some of the original furnishings have survived to the present day.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Wooden-head-KP5-William-III-ref-2463.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Carved wooden head of William IIIWilliam III

.

10/20/1714George I is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/george-i.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of George I

.

10/11/1727George II is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/george-ii.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of George II, London, 19th century, James S.Virtue, from the original painting by J.Faber

.

1750George I joins the Line of Kings

.

09/22/1761George III is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/georgeiii.jpgEngraving of George III, London, 19th century, James S.Virtue, from the original painting by A.Ramsay

.

1768George II joins the Line of Kingshttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2013-0935-personalities-armour-aka-George-II-II.82.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Armour used for the figure of George II in the Line of Kings 1768 -1826. English, Greenwich, about 1560 (II.82)

.

07/19/1821George IV is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/georgeiv.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of George IV, Britain, 19th century

.

1824Dr Samuel Rush Meyrick writes a complaintBritain's leading authority on the history of armour raised his concern that people 'visiting curiosities intrinsically valuable, as these certainly are, should continue to be decieved by such false representations.'http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2013-0503-People-Sir-Samuel-Rush-Meyrick.jpg © Royal Armouries 2013Portrait of Sir Samuel Rush MeyrickMeyrick

.

1827A New Horse Armoury is openedSir Samuel Rush Meyrick was approved by the Board of Ordnance and Constable of the Tower to prepare a chronological display of arms and armour in a new building on the south side of the White Tower. His new Line included kings and nobles in factually accurate armours including the figure of James II included for the first time.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Interior-of-the-Horse-Armoury-Tower-of-London-Excerpts-The-Penny-Magazine-1836-pg-253.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Interior of the Horse Armoury, anon engraving, The Penny Magazine 1836The Horse Armoury

.

09/08/1831William IV is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/williamiv1.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of William IV, Britain, 19th century

.

06/28/1838Victoria is crowned queenhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/victoria.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Engraving of her majesty Queen Victoria, Britain, early 19th century, engraved by James Posselwhite

.

1869Planché makes improvements to the Line of KingsJames Robinson Planché, an expert on arms and armour, was invited by the War Office to re-arrange the New Horse Armoury. He improved the spectacle of the display while adding informative labels to objects.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/KP9-Stereoscopic-card-of-Horse-Armoury-no-239A-Frank-M-Good.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Stereophotograph of the 'Line' in the New Horse Armoury by Frank M Good, 1870sThe New Horse Armoury

.

1882The Line of Kings moves into the White TowerThe wooden horses and their riders were re-displayed on the top floor of the White Tower, enabling the demolition of the New New Horse Armoury as part of the re-medievalisation of the Tower sitehttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/A108-KP10-HA-in-the-White-Tower-The-Graphic-1885.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The Horse Armoury in the White Tower, engraving from The Graphic 1885 White Tower

.

18951912A curator is appointedViscount Dillon was appointed curator at the Tower and carried out careful research of the historic arms and armour collection.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/dillion.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Photograph of Viscount Dillon, Curator of the Armouries, 1895-1912, early 20th century (I.220)Viscount Dillon

.

08/09/1902Edward VII is crowned kinghttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/edward-vii.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Photograph of Edward VII, The Prince of Wales, Britain, late 19th/ early 20th century.

.

06/22/1911George V is crowned king

.

1/1/1913Displays in the White TowerCharles ffoulkes succeded Dillon as curator and by the start of the first World War nearly the entire White Tower was filled with Armouries displays.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/DI-2014-0463-Timeline-KP10-Dillon-and-ffoulkes.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Dillon and ffoulkes on 13 February, 1913Charles ffoulkes

.

05/12/1937George VI is crowned king

.

06/02/1953Elizabeth II is crowned queen

.

06/1966The Line of Kings is redisplayedArmours and wooden horses from the Line of Kings were redisplayed many times through the 20th century. In 1966 they were featured on the first floor of the White Tower.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/TR.941-Timeline-LOK-Weapons-Room-White-Tower-June-1966.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013The Weapons Room in the White Tower, 1966

.

19721990Historic wooden horses are restoredRestoration work was carried out on selected 17th century horses, providing opportunities for research into their materials and construction.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/A8-383-Gibbons-horse-XVII.18-with-leg-and-head-removed-1972.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013One of the late 17th-century horses which underwent restoration and research in the 1970swooden horses

.

1998The Line of Kings moves to the Entrance FloorIn 1998 the Line was re-displayed by a team from the Royal Armouries on the east side of the entrance floor to the White Towerhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/Timeline-White-Tower-LOK-1998.jpeg© Royal Armouries 2013The Line of Kings in 1998White Tower

.

20112013New Line of Kings research takes placeIn preparation for a new exhibition of the Line of Kings and objects from the Horse Armoury, extensive research was carried out by the Royal Armouries. This included archival, physical and cultural strandshttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/KP11-wooden-horse-x-ray-of-head-XVII.8.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013An x-ray of the neck of an historic wooden horse. XVII.8wooden horses

.

07/19/2013A new Line of Kings exhibition opensIn July 2013 a new exhibition of royal armours, carved wooden horses and heads and curiosities from the Horse Armoury opens as a Line of Kings for the 21st century.http://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/LOK-armours-layered-closeup.jpg © Royal Armouries 2013The armours of King Henry VIII and King Charles I Line of Kings

.

07/19/2013The Line of Kings in the 21st centuryWelcome to the Line of Kings: the longest-running visitor attraction in the world. The Tower of London has been home to the Line of Kings, a collection of armour and carved wooden horses, for over 350 years. 2013's re-presentation of the display is the latest in a long line.http://youtu.be/xukUBr1AiX8© Historic Royal Palaces 2013Line of Kings: the world's longest-running visitor attractionLine of Kings

.

07/19/2013The Line of Kings in the 21st centuryhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/A03739.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Line of Kings display in the 21st century.

.

07/19/2013The Line of Kings in the 21st centuryhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/A03748.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Horse armours and nobles in Line of King display in the 21st century.

.

07/19/2013The Line of Kings in the 21st centuryhttp://www.royalarmouries.org/assets-uploaded/images/source/A03749.jpg© Royal Armouries 2013Royal armours in the Line of Kings in the 21st century.
[1] (Required)
[2] (Optional)
[3] (Required)
[4] (Optional) can be a link to: youtube, vimeo, soundcloud, dailymotion, instagram, twit pic, twitter status, google plus status, wikipedia, or an image
[5] (Optional): This indicates which slide is the title slide. You can also set era slides but please note that era slides will only display headlines and dates (no media)
[6] (Optional): Tags (Categories) You can have up to 6. If you define more than 6 some of them won't be displayed.
[7] (Optional) This indicates which slide is the title slide. You can also set era slides but please note that era slides will only display headlines and dates (no media)
[8] (Optional) Tags (Categories) You can have up to 6. If you define more than 6 some of them won't be displayed.
[9] (Optional) Link to a image file. The image should be no larger than 32px x 32px.