History Originally part of the lost royal Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House stands tall as a magnificent survivor. The Palace of Whitehall was home to the royal family of the day. Banqueting House has been rebuilt three times to create the masterpiece we see today. It was originally inhabited by Elizabeth I before being taken over by James I and his wife, Anne of Denmark, to be used as a venue for masques. James I commissioned a more substantial and extravagant building before the third and final re-design was completed by renowned architect Inigo Jones. The enormous Main Hall rests on top of the vaulted Undercroft complete with spectacular carvings and gilded ceilings. In 1636, the paintings by Rubens were added and have since remained a focal point.