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Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

Open for castle tours from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours

A middle-aged couple walk through the State Entrance Hall whilst other visitors explore behind them. The room features a stone-tiled floor with painted-effect stone walls. Large oil paintings and portraits in gold frames hang on the surrounding walls.
Things to see

Start your tour in the magnificent state entrance, where royals, politicians and peacemakers all enter the castle.

Open for castle tours from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours

Lady Alice's Temple, looking west across the terrace and pond. 

This domed temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867. A circular seat inside the temple sits behind a screen of Ionic columns.
Things to see

Take a seat in this 19th-century temple and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens.

Open daily from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets

Kensington Palace under a blue sky with gardens in the foreground
Events Member only

As we look forward to welcoming another royal baby, join us for this talk about the history and traditions associated with the birth of a royal baby.

27 April and 11 May 2019

Kensington Palace

14:00

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

A long, bright pink and purple dress in a display case in a bright corridor at Kensington Palace. Two lamps are lit on either side of the case and a display stand is placed in the foreground
Things to see

Explore the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' innate sense of style in a new display at her former London home.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Castle re-opens on 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the White Garden at Kensington Palace

Modern Royals

Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and Prince Harry.