Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits at the National Maritime Museum includes over 150 of the finest portraits from across five royal dynasties.
Discover how royal portraiture has developed over the last five centuries, from Henry VII to Elizabeth II.
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The Parkside Café is a bright and airy space at the National Maritime Museum with expansive views of Greenwich Royal Park. There is plenty of seating, including on our outdoor terrace, or you can order to takeaway. Grab a hot or cold drink and choose from our selection of sandwiches and cakes – perfect for a picnic in the park.
Visit before 31 May and eat like royalty at the Queen's House Dining Domes, soaking up the views of the River Thames from your exclusive dome.
Visit the Queen's House to see free exhibitions Faces of a Queen and Woburn Treasures, or explore the National Maritime Museum's stunning photography exhibitions Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year and Exposure: Lives at Sea.
Tudors to Windsors at the National Maritime Museum features works by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol.
This major exhibition brings together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich and private collections in a truly landmark collaboration.
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The power of portraits
The British royal family has been a source of fascination for hundreds of years.
For much of that time, most ordinary people would never have seen their king or queen in person. For them, the monarch was only seen in paintings that hung in great houses or civic buildings, as public sculpture or, more often, on the coins in their pockets.
It was only from the 16th century that reliable likenesses of kings and queens were produced by painters and sculptors skilled in the new art of portraiture.
Monarchs then had the power to shape and authorise how they were shown. Depending on their personality, the political need and the fashion of the day, the royal portrait could reflect anything from graceful elegance or maternal charm to raw power and extraordinary splendour.
The most successful royal portraits provide insight into the monarch’s character as well as their appearance.
Queen Victoria, Sir George Hayter (© National Portrait Gallery, London)
A royal day out in Greenwich
Greenwich is steeped in royal history.
It was the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, is the home of the Royal Observatory founded by Charles II, and at its heart sits the stunning Queen’s House commissioned by Anne of Denmark, consort to James I of England.
Visit Royal Museums Greenwich and discover how royal portraits have been used by successive monarchs to shape the image of monarchy we have today.
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