Henry VIII's Crown and Pew

Henry VIII's crown has been recreated for display at Hampton Court in the newly restored "Royal Pew" in the Chapel Royal.

Two portraits, plus royal inventories, have provided the details for this copy, the original of which was melted down in the mid-1600s. The copy is made of silver gilt and set with 344 jewels, all cut to medieval tradition.  (photos)

The Royal Pew, which until now has not been available to tourists, is on a balcony at the back of the Chapel Royal. Parts date back to Cardinal Wolsey.