ROYAL PORTRAITS at the National Maritime Museum
A major art exhibition exploring the changing nature of monarchy and royal portraiture over the past five centuries opens at the National Maritime Museum in April.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits - a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and the National Portrait Gallery – features more than 150 pieces by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller to Andy Warhol and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Highlights range from a 1505 portrait of Henry VII (below) to domestic photos of Queen Victoria, wedding pictures of the future George VI and Queen Mother (above) and a selection of images of the current royal family.
The show runs for five months from 3 April to 31 August. For more information or to buy tickets go to www.rmg.co.uk/TudorsWindsors
And once you’ve seen it, don’t miss the opportunity to go next door to the Queen’s House where there is a free display of the three existing 16th century Armada portraits of Elizabeth I. They’re fabulous!