History and stories

History and stories

The Rubens ceiling


Visit the only surviving building of the old Palace of Whitehall. Marvel at the dramatic ceiling by Rubens celebrating the reign of Charles I ... then see the place where in 1649 Charles was executed.

History of Banqueting House

A history of the Banqueting House's development and a timeline of some of the palace's most significant events.


Palace people

Explore 'Palace people' for profiles, stories and little-known facts about some of England’s famous monarchs and characters associated with Banqueting House.


Historic hotspots

Visit the 'Historic hotspots' where dramatic events in the history of Banqueting House unfolded:


 

 

 

 

Palace highlights

Visit 'Palace highlights' and discover why these are not to be missed at Banqueting House:


 

 

 



More stories and characters...


Explore the collections

Discover some of the palaces' treasures, both those on display and those in storage, through images, stories and films. Find out more >

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