Cause and principles

Cause and principles


Our cause and principles guide all the work we do at Historic Royal Palaces.

Our Cause

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace,  Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. 

Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

Each of the six royal palaces in our care has survived for hundreds of years. They have witnessed peace and prosperity and splendid periods of building and expansion, but they also share stories of more turbulent times, of war and domestic strife, politics and revolution.

Although the Palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, we receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

Our principles


We exist for tomorrow, not just for yesterday. Our job is to give these palaces a future as valuable as their past. We know how precious they and their contents are, and we aim to conserve them to the standard they deserve: the best.


We explain the bigger picture, and then encourage people to make their own discoveries; in particular, to find links with their own lives and with the world today.


We do everything with panache. Palaces have always been places of spectacle, beauty, majesty and pageantry, and we are proud to continue that tradition.


Although the palaces are owned by the Queen on behalf of the nation, Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity. 

For a thousand years the palaces in our care have witnessed dramatic events that shaped this nation. We exist to ensure their future, and rely entirely on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. 

Play your part by supporting our work.