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Afternoon Lecture with Dr Lauren Mackay

Afternoon Lecture with Dr Lauren Mackay

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Ticketing information

Tickets: £15, including refreshments

Please note, this event has been postponed. New date to be announced soon.

We will be in touch with all those who have already booked tickets with further information. 


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

The reports and despatches of Eustace Chapuys, Imperial Ambassador to Henry VIII's court, have been instrumental in shaping our modern interpretations of the Tudor period. The longest serving and most prolific of foreign ambassadors, Chapuys left over fifteen years of vital correspondence which goes beyond the politics of the court to reveal his personal observations and interactions with well-known figures of the period.

Drawing on years of research, Dr Lauren Mackay will provide a fascinating insight into the man whose writing offers us the most continuous single portrait of the turbulent decades of Henry VIII's reign.

This event will take place in the Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace. Copies of Lauren Mackay's book Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives through the eyes of the Spanish Ambassador will be available for purchase on the day. 

Photo of the Crown Jewels
Highlights Things to see

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open daily

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Guns are fired from the Tower of London wharf in front of the Thames with Tower Bridge in the background
Things to see

See special commemorative firings at the Tower of London on the Gun Park located on the Wharf.

2 June

Tower of London



The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Lifestyle:  Swarovski pearl and amethyst silver crown brooch (30169174).  Swarovski pearl silver crown brooch (30169174) embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystals.

Shop crown jewels gifts

The Crown Jewels reside at the Tower of London and are worn by British kings and queens on their coronations and royal occasions. Our magnificent Crown Jewels collection make the perfect souvenir.

From £9.99

This red crown tree decoration has been blown by mouth from glass and is beautifully hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside.

Red crown glass tree decoration

Crowns and coronets are symbolic of royalty and this red crown decoration is the perfect way to remember your visit to the palace.


Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 silver proof UK £5 poppy commemorative coin

Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 silver proof UK £5 poppy commemorative coin

The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 commemorative five pound coin is an exceptional addition to the Royal Mint’s collection and is the first official UK silver proof coin produced by the mint to commemorate Armistice Day.