Britain's Tudor Treasure: A night at Hampton Court

Britain's Tudor Treasure: A night at Hampton Court

Dr Lucy Worsley and Dr David Starkey at Hampton Court Palace

10 January 2015

Join us for a year of celebration as Hampton Court Palace celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2015 – starting with a new BBC Two programme bringing to life one of the most iconic nights in the palace’s history.

In this new BBC and Historic Royal Palaces partnership, our Chief Curator, Dr Lucy Worsley and Dr David Starkey explore one of the most famous nights in Hampton Court’s history: the christening of Henry VIII’s much longed for son Edward VI. Almost 100 current palace staff, in full Tudor costume, re-create the baby prince’s christening procession in the programme.

Focusing on the events of 15 October 1537, 'Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court' vividly brings to life the occasion that was a culmination of nearly three decades of Henry’s rule - the birth of a male heir.

2015 will mark 500 years since Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s trusted adviser - commissioned builders to lay the foundations of Hampton Court Palace. Today, it is one of Britain’s best-loved treasures. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, throughout 2015, the palace will host a series of special events, displays and entertainments, exploring the vast sweep of half a century of history: from the tumultuous reign of Henry VIII, to the small army of curators, conservators and gardeners who keep the palace ticking over today.

2015 will also be the first time that Historic Royal Palaces takes the Tudors on Tour to Tatton Park. This fabulous family festival will bring to life the magnificence and splendour of Henry VIII’s travelling court ‘on progress’. With jousting, feasting, and royal entertainments a-plenty, it’s an experience not to be missed!

Find out more information about Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary >

Buy tickets and find out more information about Tudors on Tour >

Find out about our talk on Henry VIII’s obsession with securing a male heir >

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