Palace of Whitehall (1695)
ROYAL PALACES OF
QUEEN ELIZABETH I
The Palace of Whitehall, in Westminster, was another palace that had once belonged to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. King Henry VIII
seized it when the Cardinal fell out of favour and transformed it into a magnificent royal residence. By the time of Henry's death, it was the
largest palace in Europe.
Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Whitehall Palace more than at any other palace. Not only did its size make housing the court easier, but it was close to the Palace of Westminster, where Parliament and the law courts sat. The Queen spent many Christmases at Whitehall Palace. In 1581, to entertain the French during her marriage negotiations with Francis, Duke of Alencon, the Queen added a banqueting house to the palace. This banqueting house was only meant to be temporary but remained in use until the reign of King James I.
Henry VIII's Wine Cellar
Sadly, most of the palace was lost in a fire in 1698, but King Henry VIII's Wine Cellar survived and still exists today. The present Banqueting House, built by Inigo Jones in 1622, stands on the site of Queen Elizabeth's original.