Ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber

Queen's House closure

Visitor notice. On Friday 17 August The Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed from 12 noon until 5pm. The rest of the Queen's House will remain open, including the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.

Essential information

Opening times: 
Open daily | 10am–5pm
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
Queen's House, First floor

Stand beneath the ornate ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber and discover an artwork fit for royalty.

An amazing original feature of the Queen's House is the ornately painted ceiling of the Queen’s Presence Chamber, which gives us a sense of how Henrietta Maria filled the Queen's House with art in the 1630s. The ceiling was beautifully restored in 2013.

The ‘grotesque’ style includes her and Charles I’s initials in roundels, and ‘Henrica Maria Regina’ above the fireplace. The design was commissioned from either of two court artists, John de Critz or Matthew Gooderick, and includes an allegory of ‘Aurora dispersing the shades of Night’.

The Queen's House is open daily, 10am-5pm

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