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.
You are welcome to attend a religious service here. You do not require a palace admission ticket to attend a religious service.
Due to safety guidelines, from 5 July, public services are restricted to one service of Holy Communion on Sundays at 09.00. The chapel remains open for private prayer to ticket holders, members and staff.
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