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Young Henry VIII exhibition

Come to Hampton Court Palace and meet the 'pin-up' prince, before he became fat old Henry VIII, at our Young Henry VIII exhibition.   

Entry included with Hampton Court Palace admission ticket

About the exhibition

Visit this fascinating permanent exhibition exploring the stereotypes that have over shadowed the true characters and stories of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon for centuries.

Henry VIII – Fat, tyrannical and vicious, and married six times. That is not the story you will hear at this exhibition. In its place, we offer you a personal story of three people: Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s wife for over 20 years; Thomas Wolsey, his chief minister and trusted ally, and ‘the lusty and courageous Prince’ – young Henry himself.

You will be surprised and moved as you discover the stories in this new permanent exhibition.

Historic paintings from the Royal Collection, together with audio-visual and hands-on displays, will help you explore and discover a very different King Henry VIII.

© Portrait of Young Henry VIII by Joos van Cleve: The Royal Collection 2007. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Katherine of Aragon: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cardinal Wolsey: National Portrait Gallery, London.

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