Hampton Court Palace
The King's Beasts. There are ten statues of heraldic animals, called the King's Beasts, that stand on the bridge over the moat leading to the great gatehouse. Unlike the Queen's Beasts in Kew Gardens, these statues represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. The animals are: the lion of England, the Seymour lion, the Royal dragon, the black bull of Clarence, the yale of Beaufort, the white lion of Mortimer, the White Greyhound of Richmond, the Tudor dragon, the...
After Henry VIII confiscated Hampton Court Palace from the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, he and Anne Boleyn used it as their love nest. The initials H and A are still carved into the stonework in the old courtyard, which is just behind this front facade. All 4 of the "subsequent" wives had to look at that every time they came to Hampton Court -- a chilling reminder of Henry's fickleness. The palace was extensively renovated in later years, but parts of the original Tudor palace remain, includin...