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The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou
Highlights Things to see

Discover the intriguing and unexpected characters depicted on the grand entrance to the King's State Apartments.

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Kensington Palace

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An artist character stood painting in Kensington Palace
Families

Meet a character from history, explore the palace, complete challenges and win a badge in your digital mission.

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Kensington Palace

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The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

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Hampton Court Palace

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The Royal Tennis Court in 2016 after conservation, looking south-west along the Middle Border towards the East Front. The Royal Tennis Court stands under a bright blue summer sky.
Things to see

Learn more about the favourite game of Henry VIII at the Royal Tennis Courts at Hampton Court Palace.

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Hampton Court Palace

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Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Things to see

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

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Hampton Court Palace

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The ceiling of the Great Watching Chamber showing gold decoration and Tudor symbols.
Things to see

Discover Henry VIII’s State Apartments and the battle for power at the Tudor court in the Great Watching Chamber.

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Hampton Court Palace

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