Hampton Court Palace Welcomes a New Chaplain to the Chapel Royal

Hampton Court Palace Welcomes a New Chaplain to the Chapel Royal

Chapel ceiling, Hampton Court Palace

12 October 2015

The Reverend Anthony Howe appointed Chaplain of Hampton Court Palace’s historic Chapel Royal

This autumn, a new chapter begins in the long history of Hampton Court Palace’s 500 year old Chapel Royal.  Following the retirement of Canon Dennis Mulliner after 15 years of service, The Reverend Anthony Howe has taken up the post of Chaplain.  The Chapel Royal was built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey 500 year ago, and remains a working Chapel today, famous for its rich musical heritage.  Fr. Anthony joins the Chapel Royal after nine years as the Vicar of Staincliffe in West Yorkshire.

Though Fr. Anthony’s stewardship of the Chapel has just begun, he has been walking in the footsteps of his most famous predecessor for far longer. Born in Ipswich, the hometown of Cardinal Wolsey, he was educated at the Ipswich School - also attended by Wolsey. He graduated in Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, (the University also being Wolsey’s alma mater) before being ordained and completing a second degree in Theology. Prior to becoming Chaplain, he served curacies in Newbury and Barnsley, and before spending nine years in West Yorkshire. Joining the Chapel Royal at 43, Fr. Anthony is the one of the youngest Chaplains in recent history.

As Chaplain to the Chapel Royal, Fr. Anthony will now be responsible for serving HM The Queen in the Chapels Royal, alongside undertaking services for residents and staff of the palace. His ministry will also extend to palace visitors and regular worshippers.

The Reverend Anthony Howe said: ‘It’s a great honour to be appointed Chaplain of the Chapel Royal. When at the age of four I made up my mind that I was going to be a priest, I never expected it would lead me to Hampton Court Palace! This chapel has been in continuous use since the palace was built 500 years ago, and I look forward to following in the footsteps of my forbears in praying for members of the community, welcoming visitors and doing God’s work in this beautiful and historic setting.’

Paul Gray, Hampton Court Palace Director, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Fr. Anthony to the community here at Hampton Court Palace. The Chapel Royal has seen almost half a millennium of continual worship, and today counts both local residents and palace visitors among its congregation. I have no doubt that the chapel will flourish under Fr. Anthony’s guiding hand.  We wish Canon Dennis Mulliner a very happy retirement, after almost 16 years of dedicated service in the Chapel Royal.’

Notes to Editors

For more information about the Chapel Royal, please contact Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: adam.budhram@hrp.org.uk / 020 3166 6307 or Michelle Price in the Choral Foundation: press@chapelroyal.org / 020 3166 6515.


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We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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