Royal Greenwich: A History in Kings and Queens by Pieter van der Merwe
Discover the rich royal history of the area where Henry VIII built his first tournament ground, Elizabeth I took daily walks in the Park, and where Charles II raced early royal yachts against his brother.
In 2012, to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Greenwich officially became a Royal Borough. It was just the third in London, and the honour recognised centuries of royal connections that have shaped the area’s history. From late Saxon times to the present day Greenwich has been the backdrop to many notable royal events, from the birth of Henry VIII, to the first public engagement of the future Elizabeth II. Royal Greenwich traces these links and reveals how, through architecture, pageantry, patronage and more, Britain’s monarchs have been the creators of historic Greenwich as it exists today.
Pieter van der Merwe joined the National Maritime Museum (Royal Museums Greenwich ) in 1974. For over 20 years to 2017 he was its General Editor and now Greenwich Curator Emeritus. He has published work on theatrical and maritime art, naval history, medieval shipbuilding, Antarctic and Pacific exploration, and the history and architecture of Greenwich. In 2012 he was appointed MBE and in 2013 the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Royal Greenwich.
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