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  • From 23 Mar 2017
Doors open: 18.30 Event starts: 18.50 Event finish: 20.00

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Tickets cost £15/£13. HRP Members or take advantage of our multi-buy offer buy 3 events for £36 or 5 for £55.

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This is part of our season of evening talks at Hampton Court Palace on finding favour at court. The Tudor royal court entertained a vast community of people who provided the engine of the monarchy. From mistresses to politicians and servant to nobleman, who held the positions of power? Join us this autumn as we explore how courtiers moved up and down the Tudor court hierarchy in a dangerous game of snakes and ladders. Did they succeed or fail?

Thomas Cromwell and the English Reformation

Wednesday 11 October

Born to a scoundrel father in the lowly back streets of London, Cromwell, a man of many talents quickly rose to favour at Henry’s court. The ambitious Cromwell dismantled the English Catholic church, and with a reformist zeal was largely responsible for the dissolution of England’s monasteries. Yet despite his loyalty to the king he was ultimately executed at the Tower of London for treason. How did this faithful servant shape the protestant England we know today? And what of his fall from grace?

Tracy Borman, writer, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Past ventures have seen her work for the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage. She is also a public broadcaster with a host of regular radio appearances and she often contributes to history publications, most notably BBC History. In addition, Tracy has also published numerous books, including Thomas Cromwell: the hidden story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant, and her most recent being The Private Lives of the Tudors.

Tudor Dress and Courtly Power

Tuesday 7 November

Fashion was essential to convey messages of status, power and authority in the Tudor court. Henry VIII’s first Act of Parliament contained detailed Sumptuary Laws confining the use of certain fabrics, thus forbidding the same level of extravagance in his courtiers. When courtiers were subject to inevitable plots and rebellions, it was no surprise they used dress as a competitive weapon. Discover how sumptuous dress made it possible to climb the ranks within the Tudor court, and what happened when courtiers wore the wrong thing?

Eleri Lyn, fashion historian, author and curator at Historic Royal Palaces. She is the author of Tudor Fashion: Dress at Court, and has recently authenticated the only known surviving dress from Elizabeth I’s wardrobe. Her expertise includes historic underwear and couture fashion. Eleri recently curated the exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, currently open at Kensington Palace.


Tudor Grand Designs

Tuesday 14 November

A building can shape an entire way of life. At Hampton Court Palace it provided a stage for some of the most significant events in English history. For a Tudor monarch and their courtiers their building can tell us about politics, diplomacy and court etiquette of the time. Discover the elaborate architectural homebuilding projects of the royal Tudors and how they shaped the lives of those that lived inside them.

Simon Thurley, writer, architectural historian, broadcaster and former Chief Executive of English Heritage and Museum of London. After reading History at university and completing an MA and PhD, Simon has devoted his career to working with history, museums, archaeology and heritage. Since 1989 he has regularly featured on Television and radio presenting on history and heritage programmes. In addition he has published numerous books including his most recent, Houses of Power: The places that shaped the Tudor world.

Come to this exclusive family event with the English National Ballet and the Science Museum.

18 August - 20 August 2017

Kensington Palace

1 hour 15 minutes

East view of Kensington Palace

This symposium brings together eminent academicians and museum scholars to investigate the role played by royal women in the shaping of court culture and politics in Europe of the long eighteenth century.

29 - 31 October 2017

Kensington Palace

Go on an interactive adventure at Kensington Palace. Meet a character from history, explore all around you, do challenges and win a badge!


Kensington Palace
Queen Mary was a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware, this fine bone china mug depicts a few of her favourite pieces.

Queen Mary delft vase mug

Queen Mary was a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware, this fine bone china mug depicts a few of her favourite pieces.


Inspired by the delft ceramic collection of Queen Mary, this fine bone china tea for one set is perfect for afternoon tea.

Queen Mary delft bone china tea for one

The design of this tea for one set is inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II, a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware.


Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.

The Triumph of Delft tea light holder

Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.