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Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece in its original setting. Rubens' ceiling canvases are the crowning glory of Inigo Jones' Banqueting House.

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Banqueting House

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James I's great hall at is a superb venue for extravagant entertainment.

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Photograph of visitors in the main hall of the Banqueting House

Banqueting House is home to some important works of art and sculpture.

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Banqueting House

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Explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace that were once used by Queen Mary II for relaxation and sleep.

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Kensington Palace

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The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou

Wander up the King's Staircase at Kensington Palace - the opulent entrance to the King's State Apartments, lavishly decorated by William Kent.

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Kensington Palace

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Explore the King's Gallery at Kensington Palace, transformed by William Kent to contain the finest paintings of the Royal Collection.

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Kensington Palace

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Art at the palaces

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.