Closed Exhibition - Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars
Treasures of the Royal Courts: An Ambassadorial Procession in London
On the occasion of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, royal and ambassadorial processions were rapturously received by the people. This film is based on contemporary paintings by François du Chastel recording such a procession. In the paintings, the Spanish ambassador, Claude-Lamoral, Prince de Ligne, disembarks at the Tower of London and progresses through the City towards Westminster for his audience with Charles II.
In the Banqueting House, Whitehall, the king stands to greet the ambassador while royal spaniels frolic in the foreground. Under Charles II, relations with Muscovy were also re-established. No depictions of Russian ambassadorial visits from the time exist, but these paintings gives us an idea of what they might have been like.