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Tomb of King Edward III, Westminster Abbey | by Phoebe Seward
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Tomb of King Edward III, Westminster Abbey

King Edward III's tomb is of Purbeck marble around which are niches which originally contained bronze effigies of Edward and Philippa's children but only six of these (on the south side) remain: Edward the Black Prince; Joan of the Tower; Lionel, Duke of Clarence; Lionel, Duke of York; Mary of Brittany; and William of Hatfield. (see below) Their arms were on enamelled shields at their feet but only four remain. On the base on the ambulatory side (as shown) are enamelled shields with the arms of England and St George.

The effigy, around which runs a Latin rhyming inscription, is of gilt-bronze; the face is thought to be based on a death mask but the hair and beard are idealised.

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Taken on July 22, 2013