A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years
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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.
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
Prepare yourselves for this special one-hour production of Horrible Histories live at Hampton Court Palace and experience the gruesome parts of Tudor history.
29 May - 05 June 2021
Hampton Court Palace
One hour performance daily at 12.00 and 15.00.
Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.
Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts. Anne Boleyn's letter jewellery, including her 'B' necklace and 'AB' brooch, are believed to have been passed down to her daughter Elizabeth I.