After the Norman Conquest the nobility of England medieval French. English was slow to be accepted by the courts of the English kings…but with the efforts of Edward III, Henry IV and Henry V, English, after many centuries, once more became the language of English kings.
This portrait of Richard II is believed to have been painted in the 1390s. Though Richard’s coronation took place some 20 years earlier, on the 16th July, 1377, it shows Richard as he would have appeared that day, in his crimson and ermine coronation robes on the Coronation Chair, holding the orb and sceptre. As far as we know, it has been displayed in Westminster Abbey since its creation