Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for the King's Table

For over four centuries the King’s Table was a symbol to the court and to those foreign rulers who dined with the King and Queen, of the King’s power and status.  The King’s Table was the banquet table used by the monarchs of Britain.  The table was carved of solid stone and used for coronation feasts and state banquets from its creation in the 13th century. Among its other uses King Henry VIII used the table for the banquets following his marriages to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.

Oliver Cromwell destroyed the table and buried the pieces at the Palace of Westminster. Cromwell was the English Military and Political leader who over threw the monarchy and replaced it with the Commonwealth of England which ruled for eleven years before its failure and England’s return to the Royal Family.  


  1. When we toured the UK my kids (aged 5 and below) used to ask if each castle was broken by the "Naughty Oliver"