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Meet some of history’s most remarkable monarchs at the Royal Armouries

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Five monarchs from history

The Royal Armouries in Leeds is launching an exciting new series of events this May, giving visitors a chance to get up close to some of history’s most remarkable monarchs.

The five themed weekends will bring history to life with costumed characters, including the monarchs themselves and their consorts, live and authentic combat demonstrations, tours and object handling opportunities. Two of the weekends, Elizabeth I and Charles II, will also feature action-packed horse shows with Atkinson Action Horses, famous for their work on the silver screen.

On the 25 – 27 May the series will launch with an opportunity to meet the ‘Virgin Queen’ herself, Elizabeth I, alongside her loyal consort Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, whose armour can be found in the museum’s Tournament Gallery.

The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I reigned from 1558 – 1603. Her reign has been immortalised as the ‘Golden Age’, and a time of great exploration and English naval supremacy.

As well as live performances and combat demonstrations, the May bank holiday weekend will also feature a special Tudor horse show, showcasing skill-at-arms from the period in the museum’s outdoor arena. The Queen and her consort will be in attendance to greet their loyal subjects! Shows will be at 12 noon and 3pm daily and tickets can be booked in advance online.

Other events in the Monarchs series include a chance to come to the court of:

For further information on all upcoming events and details of tickets, please visit our website. 


About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.