A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.
The Chapel Royal will be closed until midday on 29 November 2018.
Entry to the Chapel Royal is included in your palace admission ticket (members go free).
Please note, this is a working chapel which closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days.
You are welcome to attend a religious service here. You do not require a palace admission ticket to attend a religious service.
Included in palace admission (members go free)
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.
In 1710, Queen Anne commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to remodel the interior of the chapel.
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 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.
Catherine was executed at the Tower of London soon afterwards.
This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.