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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


The monarch has been the head of the Church since Henry VIII rejected the authority of the Pope in the 16th century. Will Gompertz examines the history of the Monarchy’s changing relationship with religion and faith over the last 900 years through objects in the Royal Collection.

Francis JC Cooper (active 1953)

Coronation Pen

Sir Robert Vyner (1631-88)

The Ampulla

Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73)

The Sanctuary

Vincennes porcelain factory (1738-56)

Broth bowl and stand

Friedrich August Stuler (1800-65)

The Glaubensschild (Shield of Faith)

Attributed to Henry Greenway (free 1648)

Alms dish

Mainz : Johann Fust & Peter Schoeffer

The Mainz Psalter

Girolamo da Treviso (active c 1497-1544)

A Protestant Allegory

Bedford Master (active c. early 15th century)

The Sobieski Hours

Attributed to William Scrots (active 1537-53)

Elizabeth I when a Princess

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-69)

Massacre of the Innocents