18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Ticketing info

Tickets are £15.00. Suitable for aged 16+

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

This after-hours tour explores the history of this iconic castle through the lens of changing attitudes to gender and sexuality, telling the stories of key people linked with it from the 12th century to the present day. The close male friendships of Edward II and his treatment of his favourites resulted in the rebellion of the earls and execution, while the little-known influence of Henry VIII and Queen Victoria on the criminalisation of homosexual acts shaped viewpoints for over 400 years. Bringing us to recent history, the tour will reveal how the alleged homosexuality of 20th century prisoner Roger Casement was used by Parliament to build a case against him, and the real danger posed by queer sexual slander.

 Part of #PalacePride event series, celebrating 1,000 years of kings, queens and in-betweens in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. 

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The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou

Wander up the King's Staircase at Kensington Palace - the opulent entrance to the King's State Apartments, lavishly decorated by William Kent.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Marvel at the magnificent vaulted ceiling and attend a service in The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. The church has been in use for nearly 500 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

23 September, 27 October and 4 November 2017

Banqueting House

Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00

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