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A history of royal weddings

From Queen Victoria to the modern royals

The Commonwealth Games

Curator Brett Dolman looks briefly into the history of the Commonwealth Games and imagines Henry VIII’s forgotten cricketing disaster at Hampton Court.

Jewels On Display: a Short History of the Jewel House at the Tower of London

Tom Drysdale, Archivist and Curator of Architectural Drawings at the Tower of London, explores the fascinating history of the world-famous Crown Jewels exhibition.

Coronations Past and Present

An ancient ceremony, largely unchanged for a thousand years

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

Modern Royals

Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace displays elegant floral planting and a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • Viewed from Cradle Walk only
  • Wednesday - Sunday at 10:00-16:00. Last entry at 15.45.
  • Kensington Palace
  • Free
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  • Things to see

Red Room

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Lady Grey's Study

Discover this calm, cosy room and learn about the historic meetings that have taken place within its walls.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Entrance Hall

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

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Drawing Room

Discover contemporary Irish art from the collection of His Majesty The King in this elegant family space.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Dining Room

Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Queen Elizabeth II hosted dinners.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

The Commonwealth Games

Curator Brett Dolman looks briefly into the history of the Commonwealth Games and imagines Henry VIII’s forgotten cricketing disaster at Hampton Court.

Jewels On Display: a Short History of the Jewel House at the Tower of London

Tom Drysdale, Archivist and Curator of Architectural Drawings at the Tower of London, explores the fascinating history of the world-famous Crown Jewels exhibition.

Modern Royals

Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children.

Creating Crown to Couture

Behind the scenes at Kensington Palace's largest ever exhibition