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Historic Royal Palaces blog

Insights and behind the scenes from our palaces

Insights and behind the scenes from our palaces

The Wedding of Captain Scott and Kathleen Bruce at Hampton Court Palace

04 January 2024

Assistant Curator Minette Butler explores how Captain Scott's wedding to his beloved wife Kathleen Bruce at Hampton Court Palace intertwines with the aftermath of his ill-fated expedition to reach the South Pole.

A Turkish Bath for Horses at Hampton Court

16 June 2022

With eyes on Royal Ascot in June, we wanted to share a lesser-known aspect of Hampton Court’s Equine Past. In the 1860s a Turkish bath was installed at Hampton Court Palace…for the horses! Buildings Curator Alexandra Stevenson explores this curious history.

Catherine Duleep Singh: A Maharaja's daughter at Hampton Court Palace

27 February 2019

Catherine Duleep Singh and her sisters, Sophia and Bamba, were granted Grace and Favour accommodation in Faraday House, Hampton Court Palace by their Godmother, Queen Victoria. Their father was deposed by the East India Company as the ruler of Punjab in 1849.

A royal Russian resident: Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov at Hampton Court Palace

06 April 2017

On 6 April 1917, in the midst of violence and unrest, Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov left St Petersburg on a train to the Crimea, never to return again. Xenia's journey into exile eventually brought her to Hampton Court Palace.

Objects Unwrapped: Grace and Favour Residents

09 December 2015

When George III became king in 1760, he chose not to use Hampton Court Palace as a royal residence. So the palace was turned into a giant lodging house for Grace and Favour residents.