See the iconic painting of the Tudor queen, one of the treasures of Royal Museums Greenwich
The iconic Armada portrait commemorates the most famous conflict of Elizabeth I's reign – the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in summer 1588.
The painting is on permanent public display in the Queen's Presence Chamber in the Queen’s House, on the site of the original Greenwich Palace – the birthplace of Elizabeth I.
The Armada Portrait summarises the hopes and aspirations of the nation at a watershed moment in history.
The portrait was also designed to be a spectacle of female power and majesty, carefully calculated to inspire awe and wonder.
See the Armada Portrait at the Queen's House
Mary Beard, Eunice Olumide, Daniel Lismore and the Pearly Queen of Greenwich uncover the hidden meanings of the Armada Portrait.
Historian Mary Beard explores how Elizabeth I uses the Armada Portrait to assert her power.
Supermodel Eunice Olumide explores what the Armada Portrait has to say to us now about the costs of luxury.
Artist Daniel Lismore reveals how Elizabeth I has inspired his own unique look.
The Pearly Queen of Royal Greenwich Gwen Jones shares her admiration for the Virgin Queen.
Discover more about the Armada Portrait and Elizabeth I
The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I has taken pride of place in the Queen's House since 2017.
The painting had previously been owned by descendants of Sir Francis Drake, but was was acquired for the nation following a major public appeal and grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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In 2016, the Armada Portrait entered public ownership for the first time in its 425-year-history when it was acquired by Royal Museums Greenwich.
Following the portrait's acquisition, conservators undertook essential work to preserve the portrait's fragile painted surfaces.
During the conservation, paint analysis revealed that the seascapes were likely painted over in the early 18th century, with the original seascapes still hidden underneath.
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