Essential Information

Type Talks and tours
Location
Queen's House
Date and Times Wednesday 29 November | 1pm-1.30pm
Prices Free

Britain’s last Royal Yacht sailed in 1997. Recent governments have flirted with the idea of reintroducing these vessels but under the guise of ‘National Flagships’. Considered by some as symbols of Britain’s glorious maritime history, or as material evidence of poor economy and regal excess by others, ‘floating palaces’ continue to form a unique part of our political and cultural landscape. 

Using Henry Nelson O’Neil’s The Landing of HRH the Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, March 7 1863 as a starting point, this talk will explore how these private royal sailing craft gradually came to be understood as shared cultural icons.

The Landing of HRH the Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, March 7 1863 by Henry Nelson O'Neil

About the speaker

Ellis Huddart is in the final year of his PhD with Royal Museums Greenwich and Birkbeck, University of London, specialising in the material culture of British imperialism, and the modernisation of the monarchy. 

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A group of paintings on display at the Queen's House in Greenwich. The image focuses on their burnished gold frames, creating a pleasing geometric pattern on the wall

Meet the Experts

This event is part of our Meet the Experts series, a programme of talks given by leading scholars and curators that delve into the history of the Queen's House and its collections.

What’s On

A view of the Queen's House in Greenwich from the outside. The square white building is almost symmetrical from the front, with a gravel pathway leading up to the main entrance

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