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  • Miles Hedley

ROYAL PORTRAITS at the National Maritime Museum

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

A major National Maritime Museum exhibition of five centuries of royal portraiture - postponed early last year because of the Covid-19 lockdown - is finally scheduled to open to the public on May 28 and run till the end of October.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits - a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and the National Portrait Gallery – explores the changing face of monarchy and the way it is presented to the public and will feature more than 150 pieces by some of the most important artists to have created works about our kings and queens, from Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller to Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz.

Highlights will include a stunning 1505 portrait of Henry VII (below), groundbreaking domestic photographs of Queen Victoria, formal wedding pictures of the future George VI and Queen Mother (above) and a selection of images of the current royal family.

Tickets for what will be an unmissable show go on sale on April 21. Further info about the exhibition, including the latest Covid guidelines, can be found at

Photography: National Portrait Gallery

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