Portraits Stolen From Hever Castle, in Edenbridge

Five miniature portraits worth around $150,000 were stolen from Hever Castle, in Edenbridge, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn in Kent. The theft took place on Monday and the castle was open at the time of the theft. The thieves forced open a locked glass display case in the bedroom of Henry VIII’s second wife and took the five miniatures, two of which depict Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland. The other portraits are of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, Henry VIII’s advisor who was executed for treason in 1540 and Anne of Austria, the wife of Louis XIII. According to the police, the castle was cleared of visitors as soon as the theft was discovered, and about 100 members of the public were searched before being allowed to leave.
Also this Monday night, in a separate incident, an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a marble oval bowl and its marble plinth from the Italian Gardens at the castle.
Robert Pullin, the managing director of Hever Castle, said “We are all very upset and devastated by the loss of those beautiful miniatures. They formed an important part of the Tudor and Stuart portrait collection which has been built up by the castle.”
A spokesman for Kent Police said: “We are obviously very interested to trace any person seen acting suspiciously in the vicinity of that bedroom and at the exit gates.”

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