The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Queen's House closure

Visitor notice. On Saturday 11 August The Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the Queen's House will remain open, including the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.

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Open daily 10am-5pm
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The iconic Armada portrait of Elizabeth I commemorates the most famous conflict of her reign – the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in summer 1588.

The painting is on permanent public display in the Queen's Presence Chamber in the Queen’s House, on the site of the original Greenwich Palace, which was the birthplace of Elizabeth I. 

Elizabeth I today

The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I continues to inspire many different people today. We have been working with creative practitioners who have responded to the painting in their own unique ways.

Mat Collishaw

Five works by contemporary artist Mat Collishaw currently surround the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. These photographic works of burning flowers and crushed butterflies encourage us to look at the Armada Portrait in new ways, and in the autumn, the space will host a new, specially commissioned work by Collishaw inspired by the Armada Portrait. 

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Christopher Green

Performer and writer Christopher Green is bringing his unique approach to a new interpretation of Elizabeth I inspired by the Armada Portrait. Working with a team of expert costume designers and makers led by Bronya Arciszewska and Oliver Cronk, Christopher explores how the most magnificent image of Tudor royalty is assembled layer by layer.

See and share photos from his performances using #ArmadaIcon.

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