King Charles I

Losing the Civil War led  not only to his execution, but to the abolition of the monarchy. Charles was also a patron of the arts, and alongside his wife Henrietta Maria, made the Queen’s House a well-known destination for masques. Henrietta Maria later became the last queen to live in the Queen’s House.

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Charles I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck

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Greenwich's royal connections go right back to the 15th century. Three Tudor monarchs were born in Greenwich and James I also lived here, giving the borough to his wife Anne.

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There was no full-time navy when James I (VI of Scotland) and Charles I were on the throne. This left the British coastline vulnerable to attack.

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Charles I succeeded his father James I in 1625 as King of England and Scotland. During Charles’ reign, his actions frustrated his Parliament and resulted in the wars of the English Civil War, eventually leading to his execution in 1649.

Henrietta Maria etching by van Dyck

Wife to King Charles I and Queen consort of England Scotland and Ireland, Henrietta Maria was a patron of the arts who oversaw Inigo Jones’s completion of the Queen’s House in 1635.