Which was the Greatest Ever Royal Romance?


02 February 2022




Ticketing information

This event is free. 

Online only


Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by Historic Royal Palaces colleagues Tracy Borman and Polly Putnam for this Valentine’s Day inspired history battle, which will see two of the most famous pairings in royal history battle it out for the title of ‘Greatest Ever Royal Romance’.

Will Joint Chief Curator Tracy Borman get your vote for the ill-fated love affair of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, or will Curator Polly Putnam’s pitch for Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert win the day?

This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford.

Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

Historic Royal Palaces is a self-funding charity, and the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on us. We experienced a £100 million shortfall in our finances over the last year, so if you love the palaces and believe in what we do, we have never needed your support more.

Historic Royal Palaces is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity No. 1068852).

A gold crown sits on a bright pink background covered in pink flowers

Join us for a fun-filled celebration in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace in summer 2022.

04–09 July 2022 (Members’ Days: 04 and 05 July)

Hampton Court Palace

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Explore the range of products inspired by this larger than life monarch and Hampton Court Palace where all his six wives lived.

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Discover our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts, including her 'B' necklace which you can personalise with your chosen initial.

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