I think Queen Charlotte’s hatchment is one of the most fascinating objects at Kew Palace.
From the 17th century, when a person of high status died, a diamond-shaped funeral hatchment or shield, bearing the coat of arms of their family, was displayed on their house. A few months later the hatchment would go to a local parish church where it would be kept.
When Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, died on the 17th of November 1818, her funeral hatchment was placed outside Kew Palace. It was later moved to St. Anne's church on Kew Green, just round the corner. The hatchment remained at the church until 1982, when the canvas had deteriorated so much that it was thrown into the bin.