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 Howard and the Accusations of Adultery
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.
Open Wednesday - Saturday10:00-16:30
This is a working chapel which closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days, and is therefore subject to short-notice closures. Please check palace opening times and closures for the day of your visit.
You are welcome to attend a religious service here. You do not require a palace admission ticket to attend a religious service.
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Henry VIII's Crown
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 opens Wednesday to Saturday, it may close on short notice due to Chapel services.View Henry's Crown
His Majesty provides this beautiful place of worship and its establishment of a chaplain, a full-time choir and a verger, for all who may wish to attend its services or visit it.
Father Anthony Howe, Chaplain and Deputy Priest in Ordinary
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Religious services at the Chapel Royal
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