When

  • Open daily

Ticketing info

The Royal Pew is open 10.00-17.30 Monday-Saturday and 12.30-15.00 on Sundays (Chapel Royal opening hours are restricted on Sundays due to services).

Included in palace admission

Walk in Henry's footsteps

Made for either Henry VII or Henry VIII, the original was worn by Henry VIII at Hampton Court, particularly on the feast of Epiphany on 6 January.

Henry would process to the Chapel Royal in full regalia to offer gold, frankincense and myrrh, celebrating the visit of the Three Kings to the newborn Jesus. The crown was later used at the coronations of each of Henry VIII’s children.

Walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII, looking out across the magnificent Tudor ceiling, as he did, and see the magnificent crown displayed where Henry himself would have worn it.

The melting and the rediscovery

As a potent symbol of power and religious authority, the original crown was melted down at the Tower of London in 1649 on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, following the abolition of the monarchy.

Thankfully, Henry's servants wrote detailed inventories which documented the construction of the crown and we owe our stunningly accurate replica entirely to them. Their inventories documented the size and position of each of the 344 rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and pearls, along with the five sculptures that decorate it.

We also had this portrait of Charles I, painted by Daniel Mytens in 1631, which clearly records the shape of the crown and the patterns created by the hundreds of jewels and pearls.

Recreating Henry VIII's crown at Hampton Court

Harry Collins, Crown Jeweller (2007-2012), and his team of skilled goldsmiths were able to take our research and, largely using the same techniques as their Tudor predecessors, create a very accurate replica of Henry VIII's crown at Hampton Court.

The Tudor Crown Imperial has been hand-crafted in silver gilt with fine metalwork detail – the original was made from 84oz of gold. The rubies, sapphires, emeralds, cultured pearls and rock crystal have been selected to reflect the colour and shape differences that we see in existing late medieval jewellery, ensuring that the crown looks as spectacular and authentic as possible.

In addition to the jewels, the crown is also set with four miniature sculptures of royal saints, plus one of the Virgin and Child. The royal saints were added by Henry VIII after the reformation to emphasise the King’s authority over the Church. A specialist sculptor has reproduced St George, St Edmund, St Edward the Confessor, Henry VI (venerated as a saint at this time) and the Virgin and Child in minute detail for our crown.

The first ever 3D printed version of a royal crown

This reconstruction has been scanned using structured light 3D scanning and cross polarised photogrammetry to produce this model. The model was then printed using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Stereolithography (SLA) techniques.

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Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

27 October (only 10.30 available) and 4 November (fully booked)

Banqueting House
An actor in historical costume performs in front of a group of children

Do you have the stomach to pull rotten teeth, scour the ‘gong’ from the toilets or investigate the ‘Royal Wee’?

21 October - 29 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

11:00-16:00

Step into the dangerous declining years of Henry’s VIII’s reign at Hampton Court Palace.

Daily until 20 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

40 minutes

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