One of the ceremonies which was most often held in the Banqueting House was the ancient custom known as 'Touching for the King's Evil', performed for those with the skin disease scrofula.
It was believed that the touch of the royal hands could cure the ailment. James I transferred this ceremony from the Chapel Royal to the Banqueting House.
The practice gained immense popularity under Charles II when the number of candidates became so great that special certificates of application became necessary.
The practice was discontinued on the death of Queen Anne in 1714.