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The Art of Monarchy

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

Friedrich August Stuler (1800-65)

The Glaubensschild (Shield of Faith) 1842-47

RCIN 31605

Queen's Guard Chamber, Windsor Castle

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This magnificent shield was given by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, as a christening gift to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's first son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who was born on 9 November 1841).The symbolism of the shield, which is covered in biblical scenes and bears the image of Christ the Saviour in its centre, evokes the idea of Christianity as a form of protective armour. It also acknowledges that, as future king, Albert Edward (later King Edward VII) would one day assume the role of Defender of the Faith. In 1851 it was loaned to the Great Exhibition.