Ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber

Queen's House Closure

Visitor notice: The Queen's House will be closed to the public from Monday 27 January until Wednesday 12 February, in order to prepare the House for our new exhibitions Faces of a Queen and Woburn Treasures. We apologise for the inconvenience. To hear more about the artworks coming to the Queen's House in 2020, sign up to our newsletter.

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 Queen's Presence Chamber would once have been Henrietta Maria's bedroom. Her bed would have faced the fireplace. 

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. The ceiling includes an allegory of ‘Aurora dispersing the shades of Night’ although no-one is sure who painted this or when it was installed. 

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

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