Lucky honeymooners who have spent a night in the honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester in the United Kingdom would be surprised to discover that the bed they had slept on was the famed Bed of Roses.
In it, the nuptial frolics of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York celebrated the end of the Wars of the Roses (during which King Richard III died) and birthed England’s famed Tudor dynasty.
The bed’s former identity came to light after it was retired from the hotel and discarded in a parking lot. It was rescued by an antiques dealer who listed it as "a profusely carved Victorian four poster bed with armorial shields," according to a description from a symposium about the bed’s history, held on Jan. 21 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
(Image credit: The Langley Collection)