National Portrait Gallery

19 June 2024

The Christening of Edward VIThe College of Arms has lent an important manuscript, known as ‘M6: Interments of Queens, Tiltings, Tournaments &c.’, to the National Portrait Gallery for display at the exhibition ‘Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens’. College of Arms Ms M6 is displayed in the room dedicated to Queen Jane, opened on a page showing an illustration of the procession to the christening in 1537 at Hampton Court Palace of Prince Edward, Duke of Cornwall, later King Edward VI. The drawings were probably created in the 1560s and the costumes here reflect the fashions of that time rather than of the 1530s. Interestingly, Princess, later Queen, Elizabeth, is depicted here as a young woman rather than as the small child she was at the time of the christening. Also in the exhibition is an enlarged reproduction of a section of the College’s famous Westminster Tournament Roll, displayed as a backdrop to a set of King Henry VIII’s tournament armour. 

The exhibition opens today and runs until 8 September. Further details may be found here.

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