Queen's Beasts

Queen's Beasts

The Queen's Beasts are heraldic symbols depicting animals traditionally associated with British royal family. In 1953, a set of six-foot (1.83 m) high statues by sculptor James Woodford was placed at the entrance of Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. Portland stone replicas of these statues are on display outside the Palm House at Kew Gardens. There is another set of statues in Canada, and the Beasts have also been commemorated in a set of British postage stamps issued in 1998.The Beasts are:

* The Lion of England
* The Griffin of Edward III
* The Falcon of the Plantagenets
* The Black Bull of Clarence
* The Yale of Beaufort
* The White Lion of Mortimer
* The White Greyhound of Richmond
* The Red Dragon of Wales
* The Unicorn of Scotland
* The White Horse of Hanover

External links

* [http://www.funtrivia.com/quizdetails.cfm?quiz=207027 Queen's Beasts trivia Quiz]
* [http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/places/kew/palmhouse_pond.html Kew Gardens: Palm House Terrace and Queen's Beasts]
* [http://www.themysterybox.com/Features/menagerie/ Extreme Stamps: The Queen's Menagerie]


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