Events 2016

Events 2016

We are delighted to present an exciting program of events across the States this year. See whats coming up below!

USA autumn/winter 2016

Thursday 15 September, HRP Members Private Tour of Uniformity

Uniformity at The Fashion Institute of Technology New York
Goodman Center, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street | 6pm 

We are delighted to offer our American Friends exclusive access to FIT’s exciting new exhibition, Uniformity. Uniformity explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering their social role and their influence on high fashion. The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. Within each category, historic uniforms are juxtaposed with the high fashion looks they have inspired.

Our members will have a unique opportunity to tour the exhibition with an expert curator.


TICKET INFORMATION: $15 HRP members/ $20 non-member

Purchase online via our secure PayPal page (enter respective ticket fee in donation amount), call us directly on +44(0)20 3166 6321 or send a check to the administration address attached with the booking form


Thursday 15 September– Sunday 18 September, UK/USA Patrons International Trip

The Tower of London & Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland

In September we are delighted to host the Privy Council Dinner;
a black tie dinner for USA and UK patrons of Historic Royal Palaces. In 2016 we will be dining at Her Majesty’s Tower of London; the majestic fortress and palace.

The Privy Council Dinner is an exclusive benefit for patrons and is a unique experience to spend an evening with our curators after the palace has closed to visitors. Shortly after the Privy Council Dinner, HRP patrons will travel to Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. The trip will include accommodation in one of Belfast’s top hotels, curator led tours of the Palace and Gardens, visits to other sites in Belfast and a black tie dinner at the Castle. See the full itinerary for details.

Found out more about our patrons here or contact the Development Team to learn about future UK/USA Patron Tours.


Monday 10 October – Friday 14 October, USA Fall Lecture Tour

Gilded Butterflies: Fashion at the English Court, by Curator, Deirdre Murphy

-Monday 10 October, 6pm Philadelphia at The Union League (140 South Broad Street)

-Tuesday 11 October, 12pm Chicago at The Chicago Institute of Art in collaboration with The Textiles Society (111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago)

-Wednesday 12 October, 11.30am Chicago at The Woman's Athletics Club (626 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago).*Please note, the event will include a lunch and lecture. Tickets are compulsory to in order to reserve your place. $20 before October 10th/$25 thereafter

-Thursday 13 October, 6pm New York at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen (20 West 44th Street, New York)


Senior Curator at Kensington Palace, Deirdre Murphy will be traveling to Philadelphia, Chicago and New York to present her lecture ‘Gilded Butterflies: Fashion at the English Court’.

This illustrative lecture will explore how royal and court dress was used as a powerful communication tool, and how opulent materials and custom made garments distinguished the court over the centuries, using several examples of courtiers and individuals from the 18th century onward – such as George II, Queen Victoria, the Duke of Windsor and Diana, Princess of wales.

This lecture tour would not be possible without the tremendous support of The Union League of Philadelphia, The Textiles Society, The Woman's Athletics Club, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen and The Royal Oak Foundation.



Purchase online via our secure PayPal page (enter ticket fee in donation amount), call us directly on +44(0)20 3166 6321 or send a check to the administration address attached with the booking form


Tuesday 1 November – Thursday 10 November, Royal Oak Foundation Series

Game of Queens: The Women Who Ruled 16th-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood

-Tuesday 1 November, 6pm Chicago at The Newberry Library (Ruggles Hall, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago)

-Wednesday 2 November, 7pm Washington DC at The Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Ave NW)

-Monday 7 November, 6pm Philadelphia at The Union League of Philadelphia (140 South Broad Street)

-Wednesday 9 November, 6.15pm New York at The General Society Library (20 West 44th Street, New York)

-Thursday 10 November, 6pm Boston at New England Historic Genealogical Society(99-101 Newbury Street)


We are delighted to be the cultural partner of the Royal Oak’s lecture series with prestigious historian and writer Sarah Gristwood.

During the 16th century, large swathes of Europe were under the firm hand of a reigning queen or a female regent. From Isabella of Castile to her daughter Katherine of Aragon and granddaughter Mary Tudor; from Louise of Savoy to her daughter Marguerite of Navarre; from Marguerite’s admirer Anne Boleyn to her daughter Elizabeth Tudor—this period was marked by an explosion of female rule scarcely equaled even today. Despite being on opposing sides of armed struggles, through family ties and patronage, noble women educated and supported each other in a brutal world where the price of failure was disgrace, exile or even death.

Following the passage of power from mother to daughter, and mentor to protégé, historian Sarah Gristwood weaves together stories of familiar figures such as Anne Boleyn with those of lesser-known women in a striking portrayal of one of the most dramatic periods in European history in her new book, Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe. Ms. Gristwood will reveal the unorthodox practices these women adopted and assess the impact they had on shaping the world around them. Epic in scale, this game of queens is a remarkable tale of skill and ingenuity and the challenges faced by women in power – many of which still hold relevant today.


TICKET INFORMATION: To book the Royal Oak lectures please visit The Royal Oak Foundation. HRP members and patrons can purchase tickets at ROF membership prices - please contact us directly to obtain the co-sponsor code.


Tuesday 6 December, American Friends Christmas Drinks

Location: Central location, New York

As 2016 draws to a close, we welcome our American Friends, Patrons and supporters to join us for a drinks reception in a central location. As well as hopefully getting you into the Christmas spirit, the evening is our opportunity to thank you for all your support.

Please contact the Development Team to register your interest!


2017 and ahead…

January 2017
YALE/ Historic Royal Palaces, Enlightened Princesses Reception
Invitation only

February 2017
American Friends and Patrons Trip and Private Tour of Enlightened Princesses
Details to follow

If you would like further information about our patron events in the USA or UK, please do not hesitate to contact the Development Team directly.

Email: Telephone: +44(0)20 3166 6321


Are you an American Patron of Historic Royal Palaces? Do not forget that your benefits include the events above, and indeed all patron events in the UK. See the autumn autumn/winter events across our palaces in the UK. 

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