KEW - World Heritage Site
A presentation of 100 superb images for your laptop or home computer including The Queens Beasts and Henry Moore in Kew Gardens
The Queen's Beasts are ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. They stood in front of the temporary western annexeto Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.
Each of The Queen's Beasts consists of an heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptorMrJames (later Sir) Woodford OBE. They wereuncolouredexcept for their shields at the coronation.
1958, Sir Henry Ross, Chairman of the Distillers Company in Edinburgh, paid for Portland stone replicas of the statues. The ten statues are now on display outside the Palm House.
A visual treat which should whet the appetite for a first or return visit.
One or two of the 100 images that you will see