17 September 2020 at TBC
The Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey
£25.00 Members (priority booking until 14th June)
Commemorating Kings: Funerals, Tombs and Memorials to the Kings and Queens of England, from Sutton Hoo to today.
Tim Knox, the Director of The Royal Collection and Patron of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, explores the extraordinary legacy of English Royal tombs and memorials, from the earliest times to the present day.
From the mysterious ship burials of Sutton Hoo, through the religious foundations of the medieval kings, to the great Royal ‘dormitories’ of Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel at Windsor.
He will examine the vicissitudes of the tombs of Henry VIII and the House of Stuart, and the curious dearth of Hanoverian monuments, contrasted with the sepulchral extravagance of Queen Victoria - culminating in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore.
The lecture also touches on more recent memorials to twentieth century monarchs, tombs that were never realised, and the sombre magnificence of State Funerals through the ages.
Image: Frogmore: Interior of the Royal Mausoleum, Henry William Brewer (1836-1903). RCIN 919745
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