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London attractions: Explore the Banqueting House where a king was killed

Published: Tuesday 23rd of October 2012

There are plenty of London attractions with royal and historical links, and the Banqueting House is a must-see for any history fans visiting the capital.

This was the place where Charles I was executed on January 30th 1649 after losing the Civil War.

On the day of the execution, he said farewell to his children before being escorted to the Banqueting House, wearing a second shirt so as not to shiver from the cold and make it look like he was afraid.

He also took a glass of claret so he would not faint before reaching the block. Visitors to the Banqueting House can see precisely where the king was killed.

Another fascinating feature of the landmark is the Ruben's world-famous ceiling - the only surviving in-situ ceiling by the artist.

The massive work of art spans two canvasses measuring 28 by 20 feet and two others at 40 by ten feet.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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