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Hampton Court Palace main gate.
Sunset over the Long Water.

Hampton Court Palace is a former royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London, England, United Kingdom.[1] The palace is located 11.7 miles south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames. It is open to the public as a major tourist attraction. The palace's Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Hampton Court usually refers to Hampton Court Palace, a palace and former royal residence in south west London, England. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is a London borough in South West London and part of Outer London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Victorian Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross The name Charing Cross, now given to a district of central London in the City of Westminster, comes from the original hamlet of Charing, where King Edward I placed a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. ... Central London is a much-used but unofficial and vaguely defined term for the most inner part of London, the capital of England. ... This article is about the River Thames in southern England. ... Hampton Court Park – sometimes called the Home Park – is adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens in southwest London. ... The Hampton Court Palace Festival is an annual musical event held in June which was established in 1993. ... The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is an annual event in July run by the Royal Horticultural Society at Hampton Court Palace. ...

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History

Thomas Wolsey, then Archbishop of York and Chief Minister to the King, took over the lease in 1514 and rebuilt the 14th century manor house over the next seven years (1515–1521) to form the nucleus of the present palace. Wolsey spent lavishly to build the finest palace in England at Hampton Court, which he was later forced to give to Henry as he began to fall from favour. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, (c. ...


Tudor sections of Hampton Court, which were later overhauled and rebuilt by Henry VIII, suggest that Wolsey intended it as an ideal Renaissance cardinal's palace in the style of Italian architects such as il Filarete and Leonardo da Vinci: rectilinear symmetrical planning, grand apartments on a raised piano nobile, classical detailing. Jonathan Foyle has suggested (see link) that it is likely that Wolsey had been inspired by Paolo Cortese's De Cardinalatu, a manual for cardinals that included advice on palatial architecture, published in 1510. Planning elements of long-lost structures at Hampton Court appear to have been based on Renaissance geometrical programs, an Italian influence more subtle than the famous terracotta busts of Roman emperors by Giovanni da Maiano that survive in the great courtyard (illustration, right above). Hampton Court remains the only one of 50 palaces built by Henry VIII financed from The Reformation. The Tudor style, a term applied to the Perpendicular style, was originally that of the English architecture and decorative arts produced under the Tudor dynasty that ruled England from 1485 to 1603, characterized as an amalgam of Late Gothic style formalized by more concern for regularity and symmetry, with round... Henry VIII redirects here. ... This article is about the European Renaissance of the 14th-17th centuries. ... Antonio di Pietro Averlino (c. ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... Kedleston Hall. ... Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ... The Protestant Reformation was a movement which began in the 16th century as a series of attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church, but ended in division and the establishment of new institutions, most importantly Lutheranism, Reformed churches, and Anabaptists. ...

Christopher Wren's south front

The palace was appropriated by Wolsey's master, Henry VIII, in about 1525, although the Cardinal continued to live there until 1529. Henry added the Great Hall — which was the last medieval Great Hall built for the English monarchy — and the Royal Tennis Court, which was built and is still in use for the game of real tennis, not the present-day version of the game. This court is now the oldest Real Tennis Court in the world that is still in use. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2937x1969, 1033 KB) Description: Hampton Court, near London Photo was taken using the following technique: Film: Fuji Velvia Lens: 4/35-70 Filter: none Body: Minolta Dynax 7 Support: none Source: http://fam-tille. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2937x1969, 1033 KB) Description: Hampton Court, near London Photo was taken using the following technique: Film: Fuji Velvia Lens: 4/35-70 Filter: none Body: Minolta Dynax 7 Support: none Source: http://fam-tille. ... Sir Christopher Wren, (20 October 1632–25 February 1723) was a 17th century English designer, astronomer, geometrician, and the greatest English architect of his time. ... Henry VIII redirects here. ... The tennis court at Hampton Court Palace is home to an active real tennis club. ... Jeu de paume in the 17th century. ...


In 1604, the Palace was the site of King James I of England's meeting with representatives of the English Puritans, known as the Hampton Court Conference; while agreement with the Puritans was not reached, the meeting led to James's commissioning of the King James Version of the Bible. James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scots as James VI, and King of England and King of Ireland as James I. He ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567, when he was only one year old, succeeding his mother Mary... The Puritans were members of a group of radical Protestants which developed in England after the Reformation. ... The Hampton Court Conference was a meeting in January 1604, convened at Hampton Court Palace between King James I of England and representatives of the English Puritans. ... This page is about the version of the Bible; for the Harvey Danger album, see King James Version (album). ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ...

Queen Mary's State Bedchamber is one of the rooms in the section of the palace designed by Sir Christopher Wren

During the reign of William and Mary, half the Tudor palace was replaced in a project that lasted from 1689–1694. New wings surrounding the Fountain Court were added, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, daily supervision of the building work was by William Talman later Nicholas Hawksmoor fulfilled this role, these housed new state apartments and private rooms, one set for the King and one for the Queen. Many famous artists were commissioned to decorate the rooms, including Grinling Gibbons, Antonio Verrio, Jean Tijou and Sir James Thornhill with furnishings designed by Daniel Marot. The King's Aparments face south over the Privy Garden, the Queen's east over the Fountain Garden. After the Queen died, William lost interest in the renovations, but it was in Hampton Court Park in 1702 that he fell from his horse, later dying from his injuries at Kensington Palace. In later reigns, the state rooms were neglected, but under George I six rooms were completed in 1717 to the design of John Vanbrugh[2] and under George II and his queen, Caroline, further refurbishment took place, with the architect William Kent employed to design new furnishings and decor including the Queen's Staircase dated 1733[3] and Cumberland Suite dated 1737 for the Duke of Cumberland.[3] The Queen's Private Apartments are open to the public and include her bathroom and bedroom. Image File history File linksMetadata Pynequeenmarysstatebedchamberhamptoncourt_edited. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Pynequeenmarysstatebedchamberhamptoncourt_edited. ... William III of England, II of Scotland and III of Orange (The Hague, 14 November 1650 – Kensington Palace, 8 March 1702) was a Dutch aristocrat, the Prince of Orange from his birth, Stadtholder of the main provinces of the Dutch Republic from 28 June 1672, King of England and King... Mary II (30 April 1662–28 December 1694) reigned as Queen of England and Ireland from 13 February 1689, and as Queen of Scots (as Mary II of Scotland) from 11 April 1689 until her death. ... Sir Christopher Wren, (20 October 1632–25 February 1723) was a 17th century English designer, astronomer, geometrician, and the greatest English architect of his time. ... The South Front of Chatsworth from Colen Campbells Vitruvius Britannicus. ... The career of Nicholas Hawksmoor (probably 1661 - 25 March 1736) formed the brilliant middle link in Britains trio of great baroque architects. ... One of the many bookcase carvings Gibbons made for the Wren Library, Cambridge. ... Antonio Verrio (1639-1707) was a decorative painter of Italian origin. ... Jean Tijou was a French Huguenot ironworker. ... Sir James Thornhill (25 July 1675 or 1676 - May 4, 1734) was an English painter of historical subjects, in the Italian baroque tradition. ... Daniel Marot (1661-1752) was a French Protestant, an architect, furniture designer and engraver at the forefront of the classicizing Late Baroque Louis XIV style. ... Hampton Court Park – sometimes called the Home Park – is adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens in southwest London. ... Kensington Palace Park Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. ... George I (George Louis; 28 May 1660 – 11 June 1727)[1] was King of Great Britain and Ireland, from 1 August 1714 until his death. ... Sir John Vanbrugh in Godfrey Knellers Kit-cat portrait, considered one of Knellers finest portraits. ... George II (George Augustus; 10 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. ... Caroline of Ansbach (later Queen Caroline; Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline; 1 March 1683 – 20 November 1737) was the queen consort of George II. // Margravine Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach was born on 1 March 1683, at Ansbach in Germany, the daughter of Johann Friedrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach and his second wife... William Kent William Kent (born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, c. ... The Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (William Augustus; 26 April 1721[1][N.S.] – 31 October 1765) was a younger son of George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach, and a military leader. ...


From the reign of George III in 1760, monarchs tended to favour other London homes, and Hampton Court ceased to be a royal residence. Originally it housed 70 grace and favour residences — one of them was once home to Olave Baden-Powell, wife of the founder of the Scouting movement — but few now remain occupied. One of the warders at the palace in the mid-nineteenth century was Samuel Parkes who won the Victoria Cross in the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. George III redirects here. ... A Grace and favour is a house or flat owned by the British sovereign and lent to persons rent-free in gratitude for past services. ... content. ... This article is about the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts/Girl Guides organizations. ... Samuel Parkes was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... For other uses, see Victoria Cross (disambiguation). ... For the poem about the charge, see The Charge of the Light Brigade (poem). ...


In 1796, restoration work began in the Great Hall. In 1838, Queen Victoria completed the restoration and opened the palace to the public. A major fire in the King's Apartments in 1986 led to a new programme of restoration work that was completed in 1990. Queen Victoria redirects here. ...


Collections

The Palace houses many works of art and furnishings from the Royal Collection, mainly dating from the two main periods of the Palace's construction, the early Tudor (Renaissance) and late Stuart to Early Georgian period. The single most important works are Mantegna's Triumphs of Caesar housed in the Lower Orangery. The palace used to house the Raphael Cartoons now kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Cartoon Gallery on the south side of the Fountain Court was designed by Christopher Wren for this purpose, copies painted in the 1690's by an artist named Henry Cooke are now displayed instead. Other artists with work displayed include: Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles. ... The Lamentation over the Dead Christ (c. ... Andrea Mantegnas Triumphs of Caesar are considered to be one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance. ... The Miraculous Draught of Fishes St Paul Preaching in Athens Christs Charge to Peter The Death of Ananias The Raphael Cartoons are seven large cartoons for tapestries, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, painted by the High Renaissance painter Raphael in 1515-16 and showing scenes from... The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) in London is the worlds largest and finest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4. ...

Apart from the paintings some of the rarest items on display are the tapesteries, these include: Look up anonymous in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Field of Cloth of Gold , or in French Le Camp du Drap dOr, is the name given to a place in Balinghem, between Guînes and Ardres, in France, near Calais. ... Jacopos The Last Supper Jacopo Bassano (also known as Giacomo da Ponte, c. ... Andrea Doria as Neptune Agnolo di Cosimo (1503, Firenze – 1572, Firenze) (also known as Agnolo Bronzino and Agnolo Tori). ... Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. ... // A painter from Flanders, Belgium who worked in England Marcus Gheeraerts was born in Bruges in 1561 or 1562, and was brought to England in 1568 by his father, a painter of whose work hardly anything is known. ... Sir Godfrey Kneller (August 8, 1646 -October 19, 1723) was an artist, court painter to several British monarchs. ... Sir Peter Lely (14 September 1618 - 30 November 1680) was a painter of Dutch origin. ... Lorenzo Lotto (c. ... James Hamilton in 1623, aged 17. ... This article is about the Renaissance artist. ... Girolamo da Treviso, also known as Girolamo di Tommaso da Treviso the Younger and Girolamo Trevigi, (1508–September 10, 1544) was an Italian Renaissance painter. ...

  • The Story of Abraham - Flemish, commissioned by Henry VIII in the late 1520's, displayed in the Great Hall.
  • Conflict of Virtues and Vice - Flemish, c1500, probably bought by Cardinal Wolsey in 1522.
  • The Story of Alexander the Great - Brussels, late 17th century, in the Queen's Gallery.
  • The Labours of Hercules & The Triumph of Bacchus - Brussels, purchased by Henry VIII in the 1540's, in the King's Presence Chamber.

There are also important collections of ceramics on display, including numerous pieces of blue and white porcelain collected by Queen Mary II, both Chinese imports and Delftware. Delftware panel. ...


Much original furniture from the late 17th and early 18th centuries is displayed, including tables by Jean Pelletier, mirrors by Gerrit Jensen, chairs by Thomas Roberts and clocks and a barometer by Thomas Tompion, several state beds are on display as is the Throne Canopy in the King's Privy Chamber which also contains a crystal chandelier c1700 probably the first such in the country[4]. Thomas Tompion Thomas Tompion(1639-1713) was an English master clocksmith known today as the father of English watchmaking. ...


The King's Guard Chamber contains a large quantity of arms: muskets, pistols, swords, daggers, powder horns and pieces of armour arranged on the walls in decorative patterns, bills exist for payment to a John Harris dated 1699 for the arrangement, which is believed to be that which can still be seen today.


Ghosts

Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to Prince Edward, the future King Edward VI at Hampton Court in 1537. She died there twelve days later, and her ghost is said to haunt the staircase in the Palace to this day. Queen Catherine Howard was arrested there in 1542 and is said to have run along the Long Gallery screaming for King Henry VIII to save her, before his guards caught her and dragged her away. A ghost is said to haunt the palace, sometimes screaming in the same hallway. Others report seeing the notorious King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 504 pixelsFull resolution (990 × 624 pixel, file size: 63 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Hampton Court, from the long lake in Hampton Court Park I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 504 pixelsFull resolution (990 × 624 pixel, file size: 63 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Hampton Court, from the long lake in Hampton Court Park I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or... Hampton Court Park – sometimes called the Home Park – is adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens in southwest London. ... For the actress, see Jane Seymour (actress). ... Edward Tudor redirects here. ... Cathrine Howard (between 1520 and 1525 – 13 February 1542), also called Katherine Howard[1] was the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England (1540-1542), and sometimes known by his reference to her as the rose without a thorn. Her birth date and place of birth is unknown, (occasionally cited... Henry VIII redirects here. ...


In October 2003, a closed-circuit security camera at Hampton Court had recorded an "indistinct image of "a mysterious figure in a long coat closing the fire doors." According to one report, "a ghostly-looking figure in period dress suddenly appeared on the screen and closed the doors."[5] A female palace visitor wrote in the visitor book that she may have seen a ghost in that area during this time, too. "We're baffled too -- it's not a joke, we haven't manufactured it," said Vikki Wood, a Hampton Court spokeswoman, when asked if the photo the palace released was a Christmas hoax. "We genuinely don't know who it is or what it is."[6] Explanations for the phenomena have ranged from a psychology researcher's suggestions that it could have been a member of the public thinking they were being helpful by shutting the doors, to others' suggestion of thermal effects.


The Maze

Hampton Court in 1708, in the aerial view from Britannia Illustrata

Hampton Court is the site of the world-famous Hampton Court Palace Hedge Maze. Planted sometime between 1689 and 1695 by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange, it covers a third of an acre and contains half a mile of paths. It is possible that the current design replaced an earlier maze planted for Thomas Cardinal Wolsey. It was originally planted of hornbeam, although it has been repaired using many different types of hedge. Hampton Court, drawn by Knyff, engraved by Knyff for Britannia illustrata 1708 The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Hampton Court, drawn by Knyff, engraved by Knyff for Britannia illustrata 1708 The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Hampton Court, from Kip and Knyffs Britannia illustrata, 1708 The inexorably linked careers of Jan Kip and Leonard Knyff trace a specialty of engraved views of English country houses, represented in minute detail from the birds-eye view that was a long-established pictorial convention for topography. ... An outdoor garden maze or labyrinth in which the walls or dividers between passages are made of vertical hedges. ... George London (1681-1714) was an English nurseryman and garden designer. ... Henry Wise (1653 - 1738) was an English gardener and landscape architect apprenticed to George London at Brompton Nursery. ... William III King of England, Scotland and Ireland William III and II (14 November 1650–8 March 1702; also known as William Henry and William of Orange) was Prince of Orange from his birth, King of England and Ireland from 13 February 1689, and King of Scotland from 11 April... Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, (c. ... Species Carpinus betulus - European Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam Carpinus cordata - Sawa Hornbeam Carpinus fargesii - Farges Hornbeam Carpinus laxiflora - Aka-shide Hornbeam Carpinus japonica - Japanese Hornbeam Carpinus orientalis - Oriental Hornbeam Carpinus tschonoskii - Chonowskis Hornbeam Carpinus turczaninowii - Turkzaninovs Hornbeam The hornbeams (Carpinus) are a genus of relatively small hardwood...


The maze is in 60 acres (243,000 m²) of riverside gardens. It has been described by many authors, including Defoe, who inaccurately called it a labyrinth, and the humorist Jerome K. Jerome, who wrote in Three Men in a Boat: Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] â€“ April 24 [?], 1731)[1] was a British writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. ... This article is about the mazelike structure from Greek mythology. ... Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English author, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat. ... Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. ...

"We'll just go in here, so that you can say you've been, but it's very simple. It's absurd to call it a maze. You keep on taking the first turning to the right. We'll just walk round for ten minutes, and then go and get some lunch."
...Harris kept on turning to the right, but it seemed a long way, and his cousin said he supposed it was a very big maze.
"Oh, one of the largest in Europe," said Rachael.
"Yes, it must be," replied the cousin, "because we've walked a good two miles already!"
Harris began to think it rather strange himself, but he held on until, at last, they passed the half of a penny bun on the ground that Harris's cousin swore he had noticed there seven minutes ago.
The clock disassembled for repair

Jerome exaggerates the hazards of the maze. The maze has relatively few places at which the path forks and at all but one fork (in Jerome's time) the wrong choice led to a dead end at the end of a short corridor. There are many larger and more elaborate mazes nowadays. Recently, three new forking places (not shown on the plan displayed just outside the entrance) have introduced more possibilities of walking closed loops within the maze. The maze can still, as Harris stated, be threaded from entrance to centre and back by the method of always remaining in contact with the wall on one's right. This method guides the traveller into (and then out of) some dead ends and is thus not the shortest path.


In 2006, arts group Greyworld were commissioned to create a permanent artwork for the maze. Their installation, a sound work triggered by hidden sensors embedded in the maze walls, is entitled Trace. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Clock

The interior facade of the Main Gatehouse contains a fine early example of a post-Copernican astronomical clock. Nicolaus Copernicus (in Latin; Polish Mikołaj Kopernik, German Nikolaus Kopernikus - February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was a Polish astronomer, mathematician and economist who developed a heliocentric (Sun-centered) theory of the solar system in a form detailed enough to make it scientifically useful. ... Prague astronomical clock Astronomical clock in Lund Cathedral An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets. ...


Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.
Another view of the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.

Every year from the first weekend of December until the 2nd weekend of January, there is an Ice Rink in the forecourt of the palace. People can skate for up to an hour at a time and then enjoy traditional hot chocolate at the side. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Rockefeller Centre ice rink An ice rink is a frozen body of water where people can ice skate or play winter sports. ...


There are several Ice Rinks similar to this one across London. Notably at the Natural History Museum, British Museum and Somerset House. For other similarly-named museums see Museum of Natural History. ... London museum | name = British Museum | image = British Museum from NE 2. ... The central courtyard of Somerset House in London. ...


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See also

Hampton Court Park – sometimes called the Home Park – is adjacent to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens in southwest London. ... Entrance to Hampton Court station Hampton Court railway station is in the Elmbridge district of Surrey. ... Het Loo and its gardens, more ambitious than they were actually executed, in an early 18th century engraving (watercolor added) The former royal residence Het Loo near Apeldoorn, Netherlands, was built starting in 1684 for the Stadtholder Willem, known to English-language readers as William III of Orange and his...

Notes

  1. ^ The Royal Mail include the palace in the East Molesey post town, which gives it a postal address anomalously associated with Surrey.
  2. ^ Thurley, Simon. Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History. 2003. p. 255
  3. ^ a b Thurley, Simon. Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History. 2003. p. 279.
  4. ^ Mortimer, Martin. The English Glass Chandelier. 2000. p. 41.
  5. ^ Historic Royal Palaces, Skeletor's old haunts.
  6. ^ CNN.com: Palace 'ghost' caught on camera. 19 December 2003.

Molesey is a place in the Elmbridge district of Surrey. ...

External links

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Hampton Court
  • Official site at Historic Royal Palaces
  • Grace & Favour: A handbook of who lived where at Hampton Court 1750-1950 - there are full floor plans of the palace on pages 10-13
  • Jonathan Foyle: "Hampton Court: the lost Palace" 2002
  • Aerial view of the maze at Google Maps
  • The Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Short Video of the Ghost Tour of Hampton Court Palace
  • The Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace
  • The Choir of The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
  • Flickr images tagged Hampton Court
  • Aerial photo and map
  • Hampton Court Photos and details
  • Hampton Court, King's Guard Chamber - Virtual tour
  • Hampton Court Palace Ghost Video

Coordinates: 51°24′12″N, 0°20′15″W The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames lies to the south west of the conurbation. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Hampton Court Palace is a former royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London, United Kingdom.
Hampton Court Palace is a former royal place on the north bank of the River Thames in London, England in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames about 12 miles (19 km) southwest and upstream of Central London, nowadays open to the public and a major tourist attraction for visitors to the London area.
Hampton Court Palace is a former royal place in Surrey, England, nowadays open to the public and a major tourist attraction for visitors to the London area.
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James's Palace remained the official and ceremonial royal residence; indeed, the tradition continues to date of foreign ambassadors being formally accredited to "the Court of St. James's", even though it is at Buckingham Palace that they present their credentials and staff to the Queen upon their appointment.
The ceremony corresponded to the "court drawing rooms" of earlier reigns, and Queen Elizabeth II replaced the presentations with large and frequent palace garden parties for an invited cross-section of British society.
On VE Day (May 8, 1945), the Palace was the centre of British celebrations, with the King, Queen and the Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, and Princess Margaret appearing on the balcony, with the palace's fled-out windows behind them, to the cheers from a vast crowd in the Mall.
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