A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years
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.
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.
Please note that while the Royal Pew normally open Wednesday - Saturday, it may close on short notice due to Chapel services.View Henry's Crown
You are welcome to attend a religious service here. You do not require a palace admission ticket to attend a religious service.
More on religious services at the Chapel Royal
Learn more about worship, music and the architecture of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace on the Chapel's website.Visit the Chapel Royal website
Come and hear the ghostly tales of the Tower of London described by a Yeoman Warder in this hour-long walking tour.
26 and 27 October, and 02 and 03 November 2022
Tower of London
Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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