The Line of Kings was created in the seventeenth century and is one of the earliest museum exhibits. It was installed for King Charles II by the Royal Armouries to promote the restored monarchy. Historic armours were displayed on life-like wooden figures, including those of Henry VIII, Charles I and later James II, in a parade of beautifully-carved horses. Queens and less popular monarchs were left out as they didn't play a part in this royal message to early Tower visitors.
Over the centuries the Line of Kings has been re-arranged a number of times. Today, you can enjoy a display that combines this fascinating Tower story with amazing royal objects and their individual histories.
The magnificent tournament armour of King Henry VIII and the gilded armours of Charles I and James II take pride of place. However, there are many other rare and superbly-crafted pieces made for noblemen as well as common soldiers. The Royal Armouries have always featured extraordinary curiosities - discover the armours of the ‘Giant’, the ‘Dwarf’ and the gift from the ‘Great Mogul’.
These intriguing objects may not be quite what they seem...
Visitors to the Line of Kings are following in the footsteps of 350 years of visitors from all over the world. Read what visitors throughout history have thought of the exhibition, and leave your own impressions for future guests.
In partnership with the Royal ArmouriesHistory of the exhibition Discover the timeline
Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture situated right at the heart of the Tower.
Over the centuries there have been many battles at the Tower of London. Explore the Tower’s early years as a formidable historic fortress.