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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 Revealing Tale of Queen Victoria's Early Biography

24 May 2024

In 1839, Queen Victoria's engagement to Prince Albert prompted one of the first biographies of the young monarch. But the book's release was a disaster.

Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in the Jewel House

26 June 2023

Curator Charles Farris introduces some of the amazing ceremonial dress now on display in the Jewel House exhibition.

Coronation Memorabilia: History and Tradition

12 May 2023

Historic Royal Palaces Curator Lee Prosser reflects on the long history of this fascinating aspect of royal history.

Elizabeth I’s coronation procession from the Tower of London

17 November 2022

Curator Charles Farris recalls Elizabeth’s dramatic procession from the Tower of London to Westminster the day before her coronation.

The New Constable of the Tower of London

04 October 2022

General Sir Gordon Messenger became the 161st Constable of the Tower of London in August 2022, succeeding General The Lord Nicholas Houghton. The role of the Constable is the most senior appointment at the Tower of London and dates back to the time of William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest.

The Commonwealth Games and Henry VIII's forgotten cricketing disaster

01 August 2022

Curator Brett Dolman looks briefly into the history of the Commonwealth Games and imagines Henry VIII’s forgotten cricketing disaster at Hampton Court.

Researching and redecorating Queen Victoria's childhood home

22 May 2019

On 24th May 1819 at Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria was born. On 24th May 2019, her 200th birthday, the home of her youth will be re-opened to visitors after a major makeover in the form of a new exhibition called ‘Victoria: A Royal Childhood.’

Let Them Glow: Lighting Kensington Palace

14 July 2016

At Kensington Palace the curators have been busy thinking of the long term presentation of the King’s State Apartments. One of the questions that emerged during the 2014 restoration of the State Apartments was, how were the State Apartments actually experienced back in the 18th century?

The Lost Tiltyard Tower at Hampton Court Palace

15 December 2015

Archaeologists at Hampton Court Palace have uncovered the remains of one of the palace’s famous five lost Tiltyard Towers. The discovery of this green-glazed tile floor has solved a three-hundred-year-old mystery.