A bed that dates back to the 15th century is going on display in the North East. It's the only bed surviving from the Tudor period and was designed to celebrate the wedding of Henry the 7th and Elizabeth of York - a marriage which brought peace and launched the Tudor dynasty.
It'll be shown to the public at Auckland Castle in County Durham.
Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle, said:
"Richard Foxe, former Bishop of Durham in the late fifteenth century, was a key supporter of Henry Tudor's claim to the throne of England. Foxe met Henry whilst exiled in France, and fought with him at Bosworth Field. He was his key diplomatic advisor and set up the marriage of Henry's daughter, Margaret, to King James IV of Scotland. It therefore seems fitting that Auckland is the first venue for this bed to be displayed to the public.
"Auckland Castle is already home to many important works of religious and secular art, such as the seventeenth century paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán. We're delighted to be able to showcase this historic treasure, the only remaining piece of early Tudor state furniture, here in North East England."
– Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle
The Prince of Wales will begin a two-day visit to the North East at Auckland Castle, before he makes his first ever visit to the Northumberland Coast. He will continue on to Warkworth, Amble, Red Row, Boulmer and Alnwick.
Prince Charles has pledged his support to the region in a personal message to be shown to visitors to a North East food festival this weekend.
In the short film, which will be broadcast at Bishop Auckland Food Festival, the Prince offers his "most heartfelt good wishes" to the people of the region and in particular, those behind plans to develop Auckland Castle.