Kent

Henry VIII's armour returns to Leeds Castle after 500 years

Armour belonging to Henry VIII has been returned to Leeds Castle in Kent for the first time in over 500 years as part of a new exhibition.

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Image caption Henry stayed at Leeds Castle on numerous occasions, converting it from a fort to a royal palace fit for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
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Image caption On 31 May 1520 the king brought an entourage of 5,000 people with him to stay at the castle as they made their way for a tournament at the Field of Cloth of Gold in France. This Tonlet armour was created specially for him for the occasion.
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Image caption Armour was used during battle or for tournaments, and could also be given as a gift. This Horned Helmet was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I for Henry shortly after he came to the throne in 1509.
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Image caption Henry established a royal armour workshop in the Palace of Greenwich where armourers from across the world were employed to make armour using tools like this.
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Image caption Henry also had armour designed specifically for the battlefield. The suits on display are all from when he was in his late 20s when he was still a slender man.
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Image caption The exhibition at Leeds Castle runs until 21 September.

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