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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

For some 700 years, the medieval triforium above Westminster Abbey was hidden from view, little more than a dusty old attic used for storage and rarely visited. Then in 2018, the space was opened to the public for the first time since it was built in the 13th century, renamed the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

In this long-hidden gallery, contrasting sharply with the other royal artifacts of pomp and finery, you’ll find a simple sword, a rusted knight’s helmet, a rustic saddle, and a shield faded by the weight and wear of centuries. This is the battle gear of a legendary warrior of the medieval age, a leader who was immortalized by both Shakespeare and the collective consciousness of his nation, King Henry V. 

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