Fragments from the King's Table
A renovation project in 2006 which set out to level eight of the massive flight of stone steps across the south end of the hall led to the archaeological dig. Beneath the steps, fragments of the King's Table - a symbol of royal authority and the power of law - were discovered.
King's High Table
Like the crown, the King's Table represented royal might, and was used by the Kings and Queens of England for more than 300 years. Among the 17 monarchs who used the table were King Henry V, King Richard III, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
Coronations and banquets
At this table the King or Queen took possession of their kingdom and were acclaimed by the lords before their Coronation in Westminster Abbey.
The monarch was presented with the crown, sceptres and other symbols of royal power. The lavish coronation breakfasts and banquets were served to the King or Queen at the table. The early forms of English law were laid down by the judges, and from here the rule of law spread throughout the world.
Video about the King's High Table
Watch a video explaining the functions and importance of the King's High Table in Westminster Hall.