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Love between women on the Stuart stage: Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and Arabella Hunt

In 1675, Princesses Mary and Anne – the future Queen Mary II and Queen Anne – performed in one of the most glittering and glamorous performances ever to grace a London stage. Callisto: Or, The Chaste Nymph, a court masque, was commissioned by Mary and Anne's uncle Charles II and written by John Crowne. The production consumed daily life at Whitehall Palace for six months and, like many stories of the dramatic stage, has an awful lot of LGBT+ history to uncover.

Crown to Couture Curators Picks

Crown to Couture exhibition curator Claudia Acott Williams explores the stories behind some of her favourite modern pieces in the exhibition.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

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The King's State Apartments

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Inigo Jones' architecture

Find out what remains of Whitehall – known as one of the first examples of Palladianism in British architecture.

  • Closed
  • Banqueting House
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Royal Beasts

Discover why exotic animals were kept at the Tower of London and see how they lived in the Royal Menagerie.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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William III's apartments

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

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Henry's Crown

Marvel at the sparkling re-creation of Henry VIII's Crown, on display in the Tudor apartments at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Wednesday to Saturday, in line with palace opening hours.
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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The Chapel Royal

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens and see Anne Boleyn's Book of Hours, in the Chapel Royal.

  • Open Wednesday - Saturday
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Love between women on the Stuart stage: Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and Arabella Hunt

In 1675, Princesses Mary and Anne – the future Queen Mary II and Queen Anne – performed in one of the most glittering and glamorous performances ever to grace a London stage. Callisto: Or, The Chaste Nymph, a court masque, was commissioned by Mary and Anne's uncle Charles II and written by John Crowne. The production consumed daily life at Whitehall Palace for six months and, like many stories of the dramatic stage, has an awful lot of LGBT+ history to uncover.

Crown to Couture Curators Picks

Crown to Couture exhibition curator Claudia Acott Williams explores the stories behind some of her favourite modern pieces in the exhibition.