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Christmas gifts and decorations for Tudor lovers…

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. All profits from retail sales enable them to continue to conserve these magnificent palaces for future generations. www.historicroyalpalaces.com

I am not affiliated with HRP and I do not recieve comission for sales. I just love the palaces and the shop.

The most magnificent of all the Tudors – King Henry VIII was king of England from 1509 to 1547. Henry VIII is one of England’s most famous kings, mainly due to his six wives and his cruel behavior towards them. This Henry VIII glass tree decoration has been blown by mouth from glass and is beautifully hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside. This traditional process has been unchanged for more than 100 years and the handcrafted nature of this Christmas ornament makes each decoration truly unique. Presented in a box, the Henry VIII tree decoration would make a lovely and unique gift for lovers of the Tudor period. £22.99

 

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The first queen of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary, Catherine of Aragon, is richly costumed in silver and dark green velvet. She wears a black velvet gable style head-dress with a black divided veil, a silver cross and a woven gold cloth belt. Each 12″ (3cm) doll is personally made from start to finish in the UK and numbered. £20030162674

Henry VIII married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, in 1533 and she was proclaimed Queen only days after the annullment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. They had one daughter, Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I). Anne was executed at the Tower of London in 1536 for treason. £200

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Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII and succeeded Anne Boleyn as his queen following her execution. Jane Seymour replaced the extravagant and lavish court lifestyle of the former queen with a more conservative household and her motto was “Bound to obey and serve.” Jane Seymour gave birth to a male heir, the future King Edward VI of England, at Hampton Court Palace but sadly died two weeks later. Jane Seymour was the only wife of Henry VIII to receive a queen’s funeral and is buried beside him in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. £200

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Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII but was never crowned as his queen. Anne was described as a beauty but when Henry VIII met her for the first time he was very disappointed and believed that he had been misled. Despite this Henry VIII married Anne and the motto “God send me well to keep” was engraved into Anne’s wedding ring. However the marriage was soon annulled, with Anne’s approval, and from then on she lived in England and was referred to as the King’s Beloved Sister. £200

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Catherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII and they were married almost immediately after Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves was annulled. Henry VIII called Catherine his ‘rose without a thorn’. Catherine was imprisoned and beheaded at the Tower of London after two years of marriage for an alleged romance with one of Henry’s favourite courtiers. £200

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Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII and they were married at Hampton Court Palace. Catherine had a good relationship with Henry’s three children and was involved in the education of both Elizabeth and Edward. Catherine is the most married English queen, having had four husbands in her lifetime. £200

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The most famous of English kings, Henry VIII is richly costumed in red velvet and brocade and is inspired by the famous portraits by Holbein. £250

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Resin knight pens with a different knight on the top. £4.99 each

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The Tudor Rose represents the joining of the two rival houses of York and Lancaster, sealed by the marriage of Henry Tudor, King Henry VII, to Elizabeth of York. The design symbolised unity and mutual regard and the motif can be seen throughout Hampton Court Palace and other royal establishments. Our Tudor Rose necklace is a wearable piece from the past and is inspired by this history. This beautiful Tudor Rose locket-style necklace includes a royal crown and rich red and gold enamel which is characteristic of Tudor and Stuart jewellery. It is the perfect pendant for lovers of Tudor history and would make a wonderfully unique gift. £24.9930161321X2_1

High-end jewellery specialists Clogau, in association with Historic Royal Palaces, have created this exquisite Tudor Rose ring. Creating a timeless beauty using sublime pink opal and sparkling white topaz. Containing rare Welsh gold – the gold of Royalty for over 100 years, the Tudor Rose pieces provide a lasting reminder of one of the most famous and compelling royal stories.3strsr

Isn’t he adorable? Probably a bit more loveable than his famous namesake, Hampton Court Palaces notorious resident, King Henry VIII. Henry VIII bear comes in period costume with his full royal regalia, including handsome trimmed Tudor cap and cape. Suitable for little princes and princesses aged three years and above. £14.9930165471_x1

The design of this tree decoration has been inspired by the Imperial Mantle, the oldest and most impressive garment of the Coronation Robes, last worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953. The Coronation Robes feature beautifully embroidered symbolic plants of the Commonewealth and wonderful Tudor Roses, the traditional flower of England. This stunning Coronation Robes Tudor Rose tree decoration is beautifully handmade using metal and silk threads on a satin background with a foam filling and is exclusive to Historic Royal Palaces. £14.9930165133

Exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces this metal hanging decoration is hand finished and is complete with a golden ribbon. Inspired by the astronomical clock at Hampton Court, this hanging decoration features an accurate representation of the clocks dial and featuring all of the zodiac signs. £6.99astronomicalclock-treedecoration-30169375

The national flower of England is the rose which was adopted as England’s emblem during the time of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) and represents the joining of the two rival houses of York and Lancaster, sealed by the marriage of Henry Tudor, King Henry VII, to Elizabeth of York. The design took the white rose of York as the centre of the flower, and the red rose of Lancaster as the outside edging. The design symbolised unity and mutual regard and the motif can be seen throughout Hampton Court Palace and other Royal establishments. These beautiful Tudor Rose glass decorations are blown by mouth from glass and have been hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside. This traditional process has been unchanged for more than 100 years and the handcrafted nature of this Christmas ornament makes each decoration truly unique. Presented in a gift box these set of two Tudor Rose decorations will look wonderful on your Christmas tree and are perfect for lovers of Tudor history. Set of 2: £17.99tudorrose-glassbaubleset-30164171

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I love Tudor history and my bookshelves seem to groan a bit more every year...

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