Join Lucy Worsley for a special talk on BBC Two’s: ‘A Night at Hampton Court’
TV favourite Lucy Worsley will delve deeper into one of the most important events in Tudor history at a one-off evening at Hampton Court Palace.
The talk, inspired by BBC Two’s Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court, will see Worsley take the audience through the christening ceremony of Henry VIII’s long-awaited first male heir, Edward VI.
Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace, teamed up with historian David Starkey for the TV show, which aired in January to kick off a year of celebrations marking Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary.
The panel talk next month will see her joined by BBC producer Rachel Jardine, who worked on the programme, as well as Canon Denis Mulliner, chaplain of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at the palace, where the christening took place over 450 years ago.
Costumed actors will perform a five-minute section of the masque commissioned for the christening and thought to have been performed at the time.
The panel will draw out a colourful insight into the preparation, rituals and personalities involved in the christening. The audience will be taken on a journey through Tudor history, from the three decades leading up to the christening to the politics of the procession and the music and costume that played a significant role in the event.
Guests are invited to a drinks reception at the palace before being led by historical characters into one of Hampton Court’s grandest spaces, the Great Hall, to hear more about one of the most significant events in the reign of King Henry VIII.
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The long-awaited son is born; February 23; 6.30pm to 8.30pm; Hampton Court Palace; £22, £20 members; www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/Learning/adults/talks-workshops-events
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.
We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. 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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