Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

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.

Tudors to Windsors 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.

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.

In 2020 the Queen’s House will also host the free exhibition Faces of a Queen, displaying the three surviving Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I together for the very first time.

Visit Royal Museums Greenwich and discover how royal portraits have been used by successive monarchs to shape the image of monarchy we have today.

Tickets will be available from January 2020. To be notified when tickets go on sale, sign up to our newsletter. 


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Opening times: 
Daily | 10am - 5pm | Opens 3 April 2020
National Maritime Museum, Special exhibitions gallery
Adult £9 (£10.80 at weekends) | Child £4.50 (£5.40 at weekends) | Under 25/Student £5.85 (£6.75 at weekends)