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Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history and the changing landscape of royal portraiture for over 500 years.

Bringing together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich and private collections, the exhibition features over 150 paintings, miniatures, sculptures, photographs, medals and stamps that have carried royal portraits.

Highlights on display include the earliest known portrait of Henry VII (the oldest portrait in the exhibition painted in 1505 by an unknown artist), the famous Ditchley Portrait of Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, domestic photographs of Queen Victoria with her family and photographs of Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton and Annie Lebowitz.

The foundations of portrait painting began in England during the Tudor reign and the exhibition follows how it has changed and developed over time, as well as how historical events and individual personalities influenced some of the most well-known royal portraits.

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National Maritime Museum

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 9NF

020 8312 6608


Opening times

Daily, 10 am – 5 pm. Pre-booking is essential. Closed 24 – 26 Dec. Please check the website for any planned closures.

Keeping everyone safe

As restrictions in England ease, we want to ensure that all our visitors, staff and volunteers still feel safe and comfortable when exploring our sites.

Therefore, we have decided therefore to continue to operate some COVID-19 safety measures. Please visit to find out more.

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