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Anne Boleyn

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

The Rubens ceiling

The crowning glory of the Banqueting House

Henry VIII

Who was the real Henry VIII?

The Peasant's Revolt: The only time the Tower of London was breached

At the Tower of London, William the Conqueror’s White Tower, and the huge curtain walls of Henry III and Edward I cast a shadow of impregnable royal strength over the City. In reality, the Tower’s fortunes as a defensive castle were somewhat mixed. It depended rather upon the loyalty and efficiency of its garrison, and the stocking of its weapon stores and food larders.

Caroline of Ansbach: The Brainiest Princess

George Augustus of Hanover and his wife, Caroline of Ansbach arrived in London in 1714, in the train of the new king, George I, George Augustus's father.

Queen Anne

A surprisingly successful monarch, despite ill health and tragedy

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

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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  • Things to see

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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  • Things to see

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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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

The Peasant's Revolt: The only time the Tower of London was breached

At the Tower of London, William the Conqueror’s White Tower, and the huge curtain walls of Henry III and Edward I cast a shadow of impregnable royal strength over the City. In reality, the Tower’s fortunes as a defensive castle were somewhat mixed. It depended rather upon the loyalty and efficiency of its garrison, and the stocking of its weapon stores and food larders.

Caroline of Ansbach: The Brainiest Princess

George Augustus of Hanover and his wife, Caroline of Ansbach arrived in London in 1714, in the train of the new king, George I, George Augustus's father.