Royal Armouries

Figures of the Line

Monarchs

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

Charles I in the Line of Kings

colour portrait of King Charles II in armour

Charles II in the Line of Kings

monochrome line drawing of a line of armoured figures on horseback

Edward I in the Line of Kings

colour photo of a carved wooden head of Edward III

Edward III in the Line of Kings

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

Edward IV in the Line of Kings

watercolour detail showing the figure of a king in armour on a horse with a crown above

Edward V in the Line of Kings

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

Edward VI in the Line of Kings

Engraving of George I

George I in the Line of Kings

colour photo of a full-length armour with decorated banding

George II in the Line of Kings

Half armour from a small tournament garniture. English, Greenwich, about 1610

Henry IV in the Line of Kings

colour photo of Prince Henry Stuart's full-length armour with decorated banding

Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales in the…

colour photo of a carved wooden head of Henry V

Henry V in the Line of Kings

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

Henry VI in the Line of Kings

colour photo of a carved wooden head of Henry VII

Henry VII in the Line of Kings

colour photo of a carved wooden head of Henry VIII

Henry VIII in the Line of Kings

LOK James I

James I in the Line of Kings

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

James II in the Line of Kings

colour photo of a carved wooden head of William III

William III in the Line of Kings

watercolour detail showing the figure of a king in armour on a horse

William the Conqueror in the Line of…

Nobles

LOK Clinton

Clinton: Unassuming Success

monochrome drawing of a man in armour with a hat and feather

Dudley: Queen Elizabeth’s first favourite

colour photo of a full length armour with gold banded decoration

Hastings: the survivor of a coup

Thomas Howard

Howard: patron of arts and antiquities

colour portrait of a bearded man with ruff and plumed hat

Lee: Queen Elizabeth I’s Champion

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

Vere: forgotten outside the Tower?

LOK Villiers

Villiers: commander and assassin’s victim

Earl of Strafford

Wentworth: sacrificed loyal subject

The Line of Kings Exhibition


For several centuries, Tower of London visitors have enjoyed seeing the figures of armoured kings, displayed with life-sized wooden horses.

Visit the world’s longest-running visitor attraction.