Banqueting House

The Jewel in the Lost Crown

by Siobhan Clarke

Monday 7th March 2022

Built for grandeur, receptions & court masques, the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace became central to the Stuart dynasty. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1622, this classical building is infamous as the execution site of King Charles I. The hall survived the fire that destroyed Henry VIII’s great Whitehall Palace in 1698 and its magnificent painted ceiling, by Peter Paul Rubens, is the only one in the world still in its original setting. Discover the building’s revolutionary architecture and Baroque-style art, seismic events in constitutional history, and how Parliament dared to kill a king. 

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Siobhan Clarke has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 20 years delivering tours and lectures on Hampton Court, Kensington, the Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. Her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, corporate and private clients.  She gave us a splendid talk about Hampton Court in 2021.

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