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On 29 May 1660, his 30th birthday, Charles II made his triumphant return to London and to the throne of England, ending more than a decade of austere Republican rule.  Over the next 25 years the arts would play a critical role in reinforcing Charles' authority.

A selection of the items that were commissioned or acquired by Charles, as well as items returned to the collection following the Inter-regnum, are presented below.

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