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Chapel Royal

A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.

A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

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The history of The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court

Outstandingly rich, colourful and layered with history, the chapel’s vaulted ceiling was installed by Henry VIII in the 1530s and is the grand culmination of Tudor opulence at Hampton Court. Queen Anne refurbished the interior of the chapel in the early 1700s.

The royal family would never sit in the main body of the church. Kings and queens always used a private pew on first-floor level which looks down upon the main body of the chapel. Today, a single central room, like a box at an opera, is reserved for the monarch.

Catherine Howard and the accusations of adultery

It was here in the chapel, in 1540, that Archbishop Cranmer handed Henry VIII a letter outlining various accusations against the King’s new wife, Catherine Howard.

Catherine was accused of unchaste behaviour before her marriage. Henry VIII had been besotted with his young wife, which is why he turned against her all the more viciously. She was executed at the Tower of London soon afterwards.

Henry VIII's Crown

An accurate replica of the crown worn by Henry VIII is on display in the Royal Pew of the Chapel Royal, where Henry himself would have sat wearing it.

You are welcome to attend a religious service here

'Her Majesty provides this beautiful place of worship and its establishment of a chaplain, a full-time choir and a verger, for all who may wish to attend its services or visit it.'

Father Anthony Howe, Chaplain and Deputy Priest in Ordinary.

Explore what's on

Logo fo Hampton Court Pride at the Palace 2017
Events Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the LGBT+ stories of Hampton Court Palace's past and bring them to life.

29 June - 1 July 2018

Hampton Court Palace

19:00 and 20:00

Events Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the LGBT+ stories of the Tower's past and bring them to life on this after-hours guided tour.

8 and 15 July 2018

Tower of London

18:30 and 19:30

Dancers jump in various poses in front of the White Tower at the Tower of London
Events Highlights

Storm the Tower along with more than 150 performers for a spectacular collision of music and dance this summer, inspired by the communities of East London.

18 July - 22 July 2018

Tower of London

Daily at 19:30

Browse more history and stories

Inspired by the Chapel Royal's magnificent ceiling, this bone china trinket box features gold stars and gilded musical cherubs.

Chapel Royal bone china trinket box

Inspired by the Chapel Royal's magnificent ceiling, this bone china trinket box features gold stars and gilded musical cherubs.

£29.00

Henry VIII teddy bear

Henry VIII teddy bear

Henry VIII bear, named after Hampton Court Palace's notorious resident King Henry VIII, in a traditional Tudor costume. Suitable for little princes and princesses aged three years and above. Measures 28cm.

£14.99

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00