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The Rubens ceiling

The crowning glory of the Banqueting House

Lady Jane Grey

Known as the ‘Nine Day Queen’, Lady Jane had the shortest reign in British history

The Field of Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII's historic meeting with his great rival François I in 1520 was a defining point in his reign

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace

A brief history of the famous royal gardens

Anne Boleyn

How did Anne Boleyn become queen and why did Henry VIII execute her?

The execution of Charles I

Tried and sentenced to death for high treason

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see
  • Exhibition

Untold Lives

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, uncovering the forgotten stories of those who worked at the royal palaces over 300 years ago.

  • Until 27 October 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The King's Staircase

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

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks

Queen Charlotte: A Kew Palace Story Tour

Get to know Queen Charlotte more closely in the intimate setting of Kew Palace, in our brand-new tour.

  • Daily
  • 14:00 (tours last 30 minutes)
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket
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  • Families
  • Events

Henry VIII's Joust

Experience the thrill of the Tudor joust as the country's greatest knights battling it out at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 13-14 and 20-21 July 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Tudor World in the Wolsey Rooms

Discover the oldest rooms at Hampton Court Palace and meet the ordinary men and women who enabled the Tudor court to exist and flourish.

  • Opens 13 July 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Medieval Palace

Step inside the luxurious lodgings of two kings, meticulously re-created in the Medieval Palace at the Tower of London.

  • Open
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

A royal Russian resident: Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov at Hampton Court Palace

On 6 April 1917, in the midst of violence and unrest, Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov left St Petersburg on a train to the Crimea, never to return again. Xenia's journey into exile eventually brought her to Hampton Court Palace.

Researching and redecorating Queen Victoria's childhood home

On 24th May 1819 at Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria was born. On 24th May 2019, her 200th birthday, the home of her youth will be re-opened to visitors after a major makeover in the form of a new exhibition called ‘Victoria: A Royal Childhood.’

Why we need to stop looking for sex: letters and LGBT+ royal history

'How do you know?' I've been asked this a lot recently when I've been talking about LGBT+ royal history. I'm glad to be asked it, because it gets to the heart of studying LGBT+ identities in the past. In this post, I'd like to talk about the evidence and assumptions, which tell us a lot about sexuality in the past, and today.

A tour of Kew's Kitchen Garden

Like Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens, the Kitchen Garden is open seasonally to visitors, from April to October. But work in the garden continues all year round. Let's take a tour...

HRP Handover: Michael Ohajuru on the Black Presence at the Tudor Court

We’re handing over to historian Michael Ohajuru to discuss the presence of Black people at the Tudor court, including a figure you may have already heard of: John Blanke.

George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham

In the ruthless world of the Stuart court, royal favour was everything. No one knew this better than George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, whose rise to power was built on the love and patronage of James I.