Historic Royal Palaces media guide 2016
Media guide 2016
2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, acclaimed landscape architect, and Chief Gardener at Hampton Court Palace from 1764 – 1783. To mark the occasion, we will be celebrating the palace’s magnificent royal gardens throughout the year.
At Easter, we will unveil the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace, a spectacular new adventure play garden inspired by the mystery of Tudor England and stories of the palace. In April, a temporary exhibition, The Empress and The Gardener, will bring together a number of 18th century landscape drawings of the palace gardens, on loan from Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and displayed together for the first time. A specially created film showcasing the beauty of the palace landscape will be shown to visitors on arrival, and exciting activities and events in the gardens will complement Hampton Court’s historic horticultural attractions such as the famous maze and 247-year-old Great Vine.
At our other palaces, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of special exhibitions, events and activities. The Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace will feature new exhibits, including dresses worn by HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales from February. At the Banqueting House, the only surviving part of Whitehall Palace, we will be using new technology to reveal the secrets of the Lost Palace.
A new Constable of the Tower of London will be appointed in 2016, with the traditional installation taking place in October. The event takes place on Tower Green, with much pomp and ceremony, and involves the Lord Chamberlain, as the monarch's representative, handing the Tower's golden keys to the Constable, as a symbol of his custodianship.
Looking further ahead: at Hillsborough Castle, official residence of HM The Queen in Northern Ireland, work is progressing on our 5-year project to open up the castle and grounds to the widest possible audience. This will include major improvements to the interiors and gardens, a dedicated Clore Learning Centre, and new visitor facilities. Guided tours will continue throughout the summer, enabling people to explore the Georgian house and its beautiful gardens. Our curators and conservators will also be working on a major restoration of The Great Pagoda at Kew, due for completion in 2018.
With much more to discover throughout the year, we hope to welcome you to one (or more) of the palaces in 2016!
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