The Queen's House

The Queen's House.
View full size imageThe Queen's House. © NMM

The story of the Queen's House is believed to have begun in 1614. James I and his wife, Anne of Denmark, were said to be out hunting when the queen accidentally shot the king's favourite hunting dog. The king angrily swore at her in front of the court. To apologise for this behaviour James gave the queen the manor of Greenwich.

Inigo Jones, 1573-1652.
View full size imageInigo Jones, 1573-1652. © NMM
Anne commissioned the designer, Inigo Jones, to create a special building in which to entertain her friends. It was to be built at the end of the old Tudor palace gardens.

Anne died when the house was only half built but, in 1629, Charles I's queen, Henrietta Maria, asked Jones to finish the work he started.

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