"Given at our Court of Whitehall"

The Old Palace of Whitehall, 1676-80
Public DomainThe Old Palace of Whitehall, 1676-80 - Credit: Hendrick Danckerts
The Palace of Whitehall in London was the main residence of English monarchs from 1530 until 1698. It was originally named York Place and had been purchased by the then-Archbishop of York around the mid-13th century. It was rebuilt and expanded by a series of monarchs, most notably Henry VIII whose additions included a cockpit and bowling alley. In 1698, the building was consumed in a fire that spared only Inigo Jones’ Banqueting Hall. Parts of the remains were incorporated into what is now the Whitehall government complex.