The Art Deco interiors of the medieval palace played host to the cast and crew from Netflix's new drama series, released this week.

Once home to royalty, and a place suitable for glitz and glamour, the Art Deco interiors of Eltham Palace recently played host to cast and crew from Netflix drama 'The Crown', released this week.

Once childhood home to King Henry VIII, and later transformed into the glamorous 1930s home of the Courtauld family, who hosted the rich and famous here, the English Heritage site stood in for a number of key scenes within the production, including the Royal Yacht and international locations.

Released this Friday (4 November), the Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.


Perhaps aptly for a luxurious home for a wealthy, travelling couple, Eltham Palace stood in for a number of international and travel themed locations, including Bermuda Government House, the HMSS Queen Mary, and the Queen's Quarters of the Royal Yacht, all appearing in episode 8. The production also filmed in the iconic Entrance Hall, recording scenes where the Queen meets fashion designer Norman Hartnell in his studio.

A medieval palace that was home to several English kings, Eltham Palace was remodelled in the 1930s by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who created the Art Deco mansion that can be seen today. The interiors styles resulted from the couple's own tastes and visitors to the regular cocktail parties held including Queen Mary, Stravinsky and Gracie Fields.


Chris Small, Property Manager at Eltham Palace, said; "The team here at Eltham Palace were delighted to host the cast and crew of The Crown earlier this year. It is not the first time the site has played host to royal visitors and we look forward to seeing this spectacle location represented in royal style on screen!"

"We had to strike a careful balance between the needs of our visitors, the protection of the historic buildings in our care and the film-makers' requirements, which I feel we achieved very well. It's a fantastic opportunity to show off Eltham Palace in a really high profile production, and filming opportunities like these are a valuable source of income for us as a charity."

The production also filmed at Audley End House and Gardens in Essex; where the Jacobean stately home stood in for interiors of Windsor College and Eton College.

Productions like this play a key role in supporting the work of English Heritage, which cares for hundreds of historic properties across the country. All the income from filming goes towards supporting maintenance, restoration and enhancement projects at these properties.

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