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Hampton Court Palace’s 500th Birthday


2015 marks the 500th year since Cardinal Wolsey began to build Hampton Court Palace. For half a millennium, the palace he


built to entertain a pleasure loving King Henry VIII has stood on the bank of the Thames: a symbol of power, prestige and majesty.


The palace has been a witness to the honeymoons of Henry VIII, Mary I and Charles II, and the birth and baptism of Henry VIII’s much longed for heir. It has been the setting for confrontations and private meetings between Mary I and Elizabeth I; Elizabeth and her many suitors; Charles I and Cromwell. It is the place where Jane Seymour died, where Charles I was imprisoned, and where William III suffered a fatal accident. Shakespeare performed in the Great Hall; Handel played in the Chapel Royal, and Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat got lost in the famous maze. This is a place where history was made - a centre of royal life for over 200 years, and a building which is still full of life today as one of Britain’s most popular and best-loved visitor attractions. A highly skilled team of craftspeople, gardeners, surveyors, conservators and


curators help to preserve the building and its contents for future generations. In this, the palace’s 500th year, we will be bringing the epic sweep of its history to life, offering visitors the chance to experience 500 years of history in one day, and celebrating the survival of this magnificent building. Explore 500 years of history in a day with our best ever programme of immersive live performance: from Easter, the palace will be peopled with Kings, Queens and courtiers, bringing Hampton Court’s history to life throughout the courtyards and gardens. Witness Catherine Howard’s attempted flight towards Henry VIII to save herself, stumble upon Charles I and Oliver Cromwell deep in conversation, and see Elizabeth I’s giant porter brought to life in the Tudor rooms he once guarded, where his portrait now hangs.


Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU www.hrp.org.uk


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