For most people, Hampton Court Palace is Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor palace on the bank of the Thames: the iconic building that he and Wolsey built as a great stage for affairs of court, entertainment and sport. But that is only half the story. Hampton Court has another side: the equally magnificent and iconic new palace built in the Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren for King William III and Queen Mary II around 1700.
As part of Historic Royal Palaces second capital campaign between 2013 – 2018, we formed a series of projects and programmes to revive the Baroque splendour, including the restored Chocolate Kitchen off Christopher Wren’s magnificent Fountain Court. This was a special ‘privy’ kitchen where King William’s favourite hot chocolate drink – then an expensive novelty – was prepared. The Chocolate Kitchen Appeal was supported by the Members of Historic Royal Palaces. Meanwhile, outside, our long line of conservation and restoration work continued with the restoration of the 18th century Kitchen Garden; opened by Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the spring in 2014.
The Baroque side of the palace was central to ‘The Glorious Georges’; a programme of events across Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace in 2014 to mark the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the reign of George I and the start of the Georgian age. The opening of the Cumberland Suite and The Cumberland Art Gallery within was a great return to the palace’s long history as a destination for the work of renowned artists and masterpieces.
There is still a wide range of projects to complete the re-presentation of the Baroque Palace at Hampton Court in 2018.
Please contact the Development Team today to discuss the upcoming projects and sponsorship opportunities.