Royal Court of England

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Royal Court of England
Coat of Arms of England 1660 to 1689.png
Court overview
Formed1049
Dissolved1707
JurisdictionHM Government
HeadquartersPalace of Westminster
London
(1049-1530)
Palace of Whitehall
London
(1530-1707)
Court executive

The Royal Court of England was the center of royal power and consisted of nobles and higher gentry who enjoyed the monarch's favour. The court predominantly met at the Palace of Westminster – The principal residence of the English kings and queens from 1049 until 1530 and then the Palace of Whitehall as the main residence of the English monarchs from 1530 until 1698 both of which were located in London, England..

Historical overview

The Royal Court of England was the centre of royal power and consisted of nobles and higher gentry who enjoyed the monarch's favour. The court met wherever monarch was staying but their main palace. In the Tudor Period the Palace of Whitehall in London was the location of the Royal Court. Elizabeth had over sixty residences in total and the palaces she visited most frequently were Whitehall, Windsor, Nonsuch, Greenwich and Richmond. (The court did not stay more than six weeks in any one place as the drains could not cope with long visits!). Elizabeth surrounded herself with her most favoured courtiers and these were given rooms in the palaces. Other courtiers were told to find lodgings near the palace and there were those who had displeased the queen who were simply sent away from court. The Royal Court was a component of the Government of England.