There are ten statues of creatures, some merely mythical, that each hold a shield. The statues are rather large and heavy, so they are not easily moved. In 1953 a set of beasts statues were made for Queen Elizabeth II, with some modifications from the original set. They were brought out for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, but had to immediately be brought back indoors. The problem is the new set was made of plaster, and cannot be out in rainy weather.
The original statues were from the time of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. They were made for King Henry VIII. When a king sits on the throne they are collectively known as the King’s Beasts.