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Faces of a Queen Exhibition at the Queen’s House Art Gallery in Greenwich until 31 August

Closed for now due to corona virus. Check when open by phone.

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 of Elizabeth I is one of the most iconic portraits in British history.

Three versions of the painting survive, each offering a subtly different depiction of Queen Elizabeth I at the height of her power.

Now, for the first time in their 430-year history, these three works are on public display together.

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.

This free exhibition brings 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.

Faces of a Queen gives visitors a once-in-a-generation chance to see three of the greatest depictions of Elizabeth I together.


Open daily 10am - 5pm
Location: Queen's House, Queen's Presence Chamber
Price: Visit for free

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