Queen's Chapel

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Queen's Chapel
Marlborough Road front
51°30′18″N 0°08′13″W / 51.50500°N 0.13694°W / 51.50500; -0.13694Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°08′13″W / 51.50500°N 0.13694°W / 51.50500; -0.13694
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Architecture
Architect(s) Inigo Jones

The Queen's Chapel is a chapel in central London, England, that was designed by Inigo Jones and built between 1623 and 1625 as an external adjunct to St. James's Palace for Roman Catholic queen Henrietta Maria. It is one of the facilities of the British monarch's personal religious establishment, the Chapel Royal, and should not be confused with the 1540 building known as the Chapel Royal within the palace and just across Marlborough road.

It was built as a Roman Catholic chapel at a time when the construction of Catholic churches was prohibited in England, and was used by Charles I's Catholic queen Henrietta Maria. From the 1690s it was used by Continental Protestant courtiers. It was built as an integral part of St James's Palace, but when the adjacent private apartments burned down in 1809 they were not replaced and in 1856-57 Marlborough Road was built between the palace and the Queen's Chapel. The result is that physically the chapel now appears to be more part of the Marlborough House complex than of St James's Palace. It became a Chapel Royal again in 1938.

Having been taken from the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park, the body of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother lay at the Queen's Chapel for several days during the preparations for her lying-in-state in Westminster Hall before her ceremonial funeral.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Gun salutes honour Queen Mother". The Guardian. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Queen Mother's coffin arrives at St James's Palace". The Daily Mail. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 

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