Introduction: Fit for a King

Introduction: Fit for a King

Fit for a King

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An exhibition like no other

See five hundred years of spectacular royal armour, offering a fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings. The skill of the royal armourers was to combine practical protection for tournaments and battle with breathtaking designs and decoration, all Fit for a King.

Delve into a treasure trove of the past in the dramatic White Tower and discover an astonishing variety of unusual objects, including diamond encrusted weapons and the finest arms and armour from around the world.

Entrance to this spectacular exhibition, presented in the White Tower, is included in your standard admission ticket to the Tower and is free for members.

For information on how to become a member, please click here >

Other events at the Tower

See the mighty fortress come alive with other events. From historical re-enactments such as Prisoners of the Tower and Knights at War to The Ceremony of the Keys and Fun Family Trails, everyone can get involved. Click here for more information >

Take home a piece of history 

Why not take something home for yourself or that special someone? Featuring reproductions of knight’s helmets, books, dress-up for children as well as a fantastic 'Henry' armour apron (and matching gauntlet!) which will fit all shapes and sizes of modern chef.  There are also many other armour-related mementos of the exhibition. Click here for more information >

The Royal Armouries

The Royal ArmouriesFit for a King was created in partnership with the Royal Armouries. To find out more about the Royal Armouries and their other collections, click here >

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See some killer objects

The objects on display at Fit for a King show the changes in royal armoury across the centuries. Here are three of the highlights...

Silver and engraved armour of Henry VIII about 15151. Silvered armour, about 1515:

Possibly one of the first works produced in Henry VIII’s royal workshop at Greenwich. The decoration celebrates his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, with their intertwined initials, Tudor roses and pomegranates of Spain.
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2. Presentation armour, about 1610:

Presentation armour to King James VIA diplomatic gift presented to James I by Tokugawa Hidetada of Japan in 1613. This armour has been displayed at the Tower since 1662 but for centuries was wrongly labelled as the ‘armour of the Great Mogul’. 
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 3. Gilt armour of Charles I, about 1612:

Gilt armour of King Charles IThis spectacular armour was made for Henry, Prince of Wales, Charles’ older brother. However, on Henry's death in 1612, Charles inherited Henry’s armour - and four years later his title. Click here to find out more > 

For information on many of the other star objects at Fit for a King, click here >

Find out more

Click here to find out more about Fit for a King and discover more about five centuries of royal armour 

The History ChannelFit for a King is presented by the Royal Armouries and Historic Royal Palaces with the generous support of HISTORYTM

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