Historic Royal Palaces
02/20/2017 at 12:39. Facebook
Today in 1547: Edward VI is crowned at Westminster Abbey.

Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace in 1537, the long-awaited son of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. He became King aged nine after the death of his father and ruled with guidance from Protector, Edward Seymour. He had been raised a devout Protestant and introduced the Book of Common Prayer in 1549, leading to...
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02/18/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Today in 1516: Mary I is born at Greenwich Palace.

The oldest child of Henry VIII, Mary I was the first Queen Regnant, reigning in her own right rather than through marriage to a king. After her father’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon, she was prevented from seeing her mother and declared illegitimate. Mary remained a devout Catholic and, when she ascended the throne in 1553, attempted to...
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02/17/2017 at 08:01. Facebook
This week, we're going monochrome. Have you taken a shot worthy of Photos of the Week? Share yours below! #PalacePhoto
Diana: Her Fashion Story opens on 24 February at Kensington Palace.

This major new exhibition celebrates the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, tracing the evolution of her style from the demure outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Take a sneak peek at some of the iconic outfits featured in the exhibition in our trailer.

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Diana: Her Fashion Story - opens 24 February 2017

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Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, in this major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace. Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.

The exhibition features an extraordinary collection of...
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By Valentine's Day 1840, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had been married four days. Like any just-married couple, they faced boring practicalities: Albert’s new bank account and writing to the relatives who could not make the wedding. But Victoria was still daydreaming about their honeymoon - the ‘very very happy three days we spent at Windsor.’

Discover their love story in our latest blog...
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Despite the grey weather today, there have been some stunning skies over the palaces this week! Thanks to everyone who shared their wonderful photos with us. Have you taken a great snap from your visit? Share yours below and it could be featured next week.
Today in 1840: Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg and Gotha.

The couple first met at Kensington Palace in 1836 and Prince Albert made a good first impression. Victoria wrote to her uncle Leopold after the visit about Albert’s kindness and his 'pleasing and delightful exterior’. Her one criticism seems to have been of Albert’s lack of stamina for late-night socialising!...
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Today in 1649: Charles I is buried at Windsor.

Charles I was convicted of treason and executed at The Banqueting House on 30 January 1649. An Act was passed to prevent the succession of Charles I's son and on 7 February, the office of King was abolished. Charles’s son, Charles II, would reclaim the throne in 1660.
Happy Friday! Here are our Photos of the Week to kick start your day. As ever, thanks to everyone who shared their fantastic photos of the palaces with us. Share yours below for your chance to be featured in next week's selection!
Today in 1626: Charles I is crowned King.

Charles was the second son of James I and became heir to the throne in 1612 after the death of his brother, Prince Henry. During his almost 24 year reign, he spent large amounts on art as well as costly campaigns abroad. His spending, along with religious tensions and his reluctance to call Parliament, led to Civil War in 1642. In January 1649,...
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Today in 1649: Charles I is executed at The Banqueting House.

On the bitterly cold morning of 30 January 1649, Charles was marched to The Banqueting House where he was forced to walk under Sir Peter Paul Rubens' painted ceiling, commissioned by Charles, to a scaffold built for his execution.

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Today in 1536: Katherine of Aragon is buried at Peterborough Cathedral.

After her divorce from Henry VIII, Katherine was forced to leave the court and separated from her daughter, Mary. She never accepted her fate, signing her last letter to Henry from 'Katherine the Queen'. She died at Kimbolton Castle aged 50.
Today in 1547: Henry VIII dies.

Henry died on what would have been Henry VII's 90th birthday. He was buried next to his third wife, Jane Seymour, at Windsor Castle.

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Friday is here, and with it, we bring you our Photos of the Week! A big thank you to everyone who shared their glorious shots of the palaces with us. Don't forget to post yours below for your chance to be featured next week. #PalacePhoto
Join us as we explore the fascinating and little known LGBT+ stories from the palaces in our series of Palace Pride events! Kicking off at The Banqueting House on Wednesday 22 February with 'Long Live Queen James', an evening late exploring the stories of King James I and his male favourites, we continue the season with events at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace later in the year....
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Today in 1533: Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn marry for the second time, following their secret wedding service earlier in 1532.

The second of Henry VIII's six wives, Anne Boleyn was married to the King for only three years. She gave birth to Elizabeth I in September 1533, however after two later miscarriages, her position became precarious. Anne was arrested for adultery and incest and was...
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Today in 1901: Queen Victoria dies at Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Until 2015, Queen Victoria was Britain’s longest reigning monarch, a title now held by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria was born and raised at Kensington Palace. It was here that, at the youthful age of 18, she learnt that she had become Queen following the death of her uncle William IV. When her beloved Albert died in 1861,...
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A series of cold, crisp winter days have resulted in some beautiful photos of the palaces this week. Thanks to all who shared their best snaps with us! Here's our pick of the bunch.

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Today in 1486: Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York, bringing to an end the 'Wars of the Roses’.

Henry Tudor spent the first years of his reign securing his position as King and his marriage to Elizabeth unified the warring Houses of York and Lancaster. However he did face a number of revolts, most notably from the pretenders Perkin Warbeck and Lambert Simnel. On his death in 1509, the throne...
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