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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 info

Included in palace admission

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

Photo of a family enjoying Half term family fun

Join the party at the Georgian Court, put on your crown, get dressed up and discover the stories as you explore the beautiful palace rooms.

11-16 February 2018

Kensington Palace

Families

11.00-15.00

families interacting taking part in the Great Palace Quest

Have fun at the palace by becoming a Time Explorer! Join our Great Palace Quest to see what you can discover about Queen Katherine Parr, Prince Edward and Lady Elizabeth.

10-18 February 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Events Families

11.00–16.00

Explore the Tower with one of our activity trails.

Daily

Tower of London

Families

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

Tudor Kitchens:  The Taste Of The Fire book

Tudor kitchens: The taste of the fire

An illustrated book, written by palace curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court and the Tudor diet.

£4.99