Queen's House closure

Visitor notice: On Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 December, the Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the house and galleries remain open including the Armada Portrait. Find out more about the Armada Portrait

Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Essential information

Date and time: 
Saturday 20 January | 10.30-16.30
Orangery & South Parlours
Talks & courses
Queen's House

The Life and Times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria 

This course will cover the background to how the Stuarts succeeded to the English throne from already being rulers of Scotland and what effect this dual role had on them and their subjects.  Charles’s childhood in the shadow of his brilliant brother Henry will be looked at and how Henry’s sudden death thrust him into the centre of politics.  Charles’s personal life will also be looked at including his problems in finding a wife and producing heirs as well as his religious convictions and how this affected his role as monarch.  His marriage to the French princess Henrietta Maria was a diplomatic coup but her Catholicism was to cause many problems with his British subjects. Their court was one of the most cultured in Europe and his patronage of architecture and painting was the envy of other rulers. Charles’s attempts to rule without Parliament will be looked at and how this led to Civil War and the ultimate loss of his throne. Henrietta survived her husband to encourage her children to play a role in the future of Europe and the restoration of the British monarchy.  She joined her son back in England and lived at the Queen’s House again after nearly 20 years absence.
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