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Three portraits, one historic exhibition: see the Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I for free at the Queen’s House Art Gallery in Greenwich.

The Armada Portrait was painted to commemorate the most famous conflict in Elizabeth I’s reign: the failed attempt by the Spanish Armada to invade England in 1588.

Faces of a Queen gives visitors a chance to see some of the greatest depictions of Elizabeth I, bringing together the three surviving versions of the historic painting.

Royal Museums Greenwich will showcase its own version of the Armada Portrait alongside the two other works: one from the National Portrait Gallery, the other from the world famous private art collection at Woburn Abbey.

All three versions are believed to have been made shortly after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, each by different artists or studios. While the three paintings share the same essential pattern, each work contains subtle differences that hint at their unique histories.

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Daily, 10.30am – 4pm (reduced hours due to COVID-19). Pre-booking is necessary. Please check the website for any planned closures before visiting.

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