The past was full of patterns! This week’s #PalacePhoto winners snapped intricate ceilings, a knight in armour and beautiful wrought iron gates. Keep sharing your pictures of the palaces with us!
The past was full of patterns This weeks PalacePhoto winners snapped intricate
Mary French
Terri Hartsock
Lorraine Morris
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We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted Hillsborough Castle an award of £5m to conserve and open up the site with an exciting new visitor experience by 2019. The Lost Garden and the magnificent State Rooms will be returned to their former glory, and we’ll be creating new training and learning opportunities for the community and beyond.

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Were delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted Hillsborough Castle an
Robert Nimmich
Marcus Gilleard
Sharon Keniry
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21 April 1509: 17-year-old Prince Henry ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Henry VII. A tall athletic lad, Henry had become heir to the throne upon the unexpected death of his elder brother in 1502. He was a popular prince who loved jousting and hunting (maybe more than politics), and his succession was the first uncontested accession to the English throne since 1422.

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21 April 1509 17yearold Prince Henry ascended to the throne after the
Lynn Eberenz
Carol Groves
Katie Miller
It's the summer of 1533 and Henry VIII and his new queen, Anne Boleyn, are arriving at Hampton Court Palace to inspect the building works before the birth of their child who everyone is sure will be the long-awaited male heir...

Experience the hopes, dreams and fears of the Tudor dynasty in PowerPlay at Hampton Court Palace, April to August 2017:
Dawn Clapton
Lesley Briscoe
Mur Belle
Golden sunsets shine best at royal palaces! Thanks for the sun-kissed photos and all who shared their pictures. Post your #PalacePhoto below to be picked for Photo of the Week next time!
Golden sunsets shine best at royal palaces Thanks for the sunkissed photos
Kathryn Davies
Dushinka Daniel
Kate Mollett
The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been temporarily transformed into the White Garden in celebration of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The garden has been designed and created by gardeners at the palace inspired by memories of the Princess's life, iconic image and style and will flower through spring and summer this year.

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Leena Chibba
Lesley Haley
Elaine Robinson
Join us today from 1-2pm BST for our live Twitter Q&A on the history of royal food! We'll be joined by Food Historian Marc Meltonville who will be on hand to answer your questions.

Join us on Twitter @HRP_Palaces #FLRoyalFood

There's still time to sign up for our free online FutureLearn course 'A History of Royal Food and Feasting'! Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Join us today from 12pm BST for our live Twitter QA on
Kay Hoban Morris
Amanda Beverly
Daniel Makepeace
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

Opening on 22 June at Kensington Palace, this exhibition will explore the lives of three German princesses whose marriage into the British royal family and wide-ranging interests placed them at the heart of the enlightenment in 18th century Britain. From advocating the latest scientific and medical...
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Enlightened Princesses: Caroline Augusta Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World
Vicky Mc Minn
Donna Cole
Robin Woods
Today in 1795: George IV marries Caroline of Brunswick

George and Caroline had a very unhappy marriage. As Prince, he secretly and illegally married actress Maria Fitzherbert. However, he needed a legitimate heir and told his advisors to find him a bride. ‘Any damn’d German frau would do’ he said, a statement he would come to regret. As soon as he set eyes on Caroline of Brunswick, he was...
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Today in 1795: George IV marries Caroline of Brunswick
Renee Arnold
Angela Gunstone
Peter Chisholm
Happy Friday! The sun has been shining on the palaces this week. Thanks to all who shared their best snaps with us. Don't forget to post yours below! #PalacePhoto
Happy Friday The sun has been shining on the palaces this week
Wendy-Anne Bolger
Colin Castledine
Sharon Keniry
In advance of our free online FutureLearn course, 'A History of Royal Food and Feasting', join us for a live Twitter Q&A with Food Historian Marc Meltonville on Wednesday 12 April from 1pm-2pm!

Ever wondered what Henry VIII ate for dinner? Or when chocolate was first introduced to England? Get your questions at the ready and join us on Twitter @HRP_Palaces #FLRoyalFood.

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In advance of our free online FutureLearn course A History of Royal
Helen Reynolds
Erik O'Dalaigh
Lynn Howland
We're thrilled that outdoor spectacle East Wall will be broadcast from the Tower of London moat on BBC Two as part of Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre - BAC, and BBC Arts Series, #PerformanceLive in 2018.

East Wall brings together a unique partnership between Hofesh Shechter Company, East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT Festival. Find out more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Were thrilled that outdoor spectacle East Wall will be broadcast from the
Jane MacInnes
Joni Nichols
Karie P. Schneider
A most unusual discovery was made in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace earlier this week. The iridescent gleam of three remarkably large eggs caught the eye of Anthony in the Gardens & Estates team while he was mulching in the shrubbery. Efforts are being made to crack this mystery with some gardeners joking that the eggs could belong to the Magic Garden's very own dragon. Nonsense of...
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Howard Payton
Antonia Merrick
Sheila Donnellan Jones
Spring is here! Our favourite photos this week beautifully capture this colourful season at the palaces. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us and be sure to join in next week using #PalacePhoto.
Spring is here Our favourite photos this week beautifully capture this colourful
Sharon Chapman
From Saturday 1 April, our new season of guided tours start at Hillsborough Castle. Explore the elegant State Rooms and learn more about the history of the castle on your visit.

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From Saturday 1 April our new season of guided tours start at
Farukh Scorrpio
Britné Spears
This Saturday, Kew Palace awakens from its winter slumber as it reopens for a new season. Find out what you can expect to see on your visit and discover how we've been preparing for the palace's reopening in our latest blog post: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This Saturday Kew Palace awakens from its winter slumber as it reopens

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Jane MacInnes
Antjie Joubert
Gail White
Happy Mother's Day! We're celebrating with our favourite Photos of the Week - thanks to all who took part. Remember to share yours below for the chance to be featured next time. #PalacePhoto #MothersDay
Happy Mothers Day Were celebrating with our favourite Photos of the Week
Lucy Milia Hottelet
Mary Haslett
Julie Smith
Today in 1603: Elizabeth I dies

Elizabeth - the last Tudor monarch and 'Virgin Queen' - was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She became queen in 1558 aged 25 and ruled for 45 years. Her reign saw the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the introduction of a revised Book of Common Prayer and a golden age of playwrights and poets.

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Today in 1603 Elizabeth I dies Elizabeth the last Tudor monarch and
Kay Smith Leeman
Erwin Saderac Pioh
Star London
Daffodils at the palaces! It's starting to feel like spring... Here are a few of our favourite photos shared with us this week. Thanks to all who took part!

Don't forget to share your best snaps below. #PalacePhoto
Daffodils at the palaces Its starting to feel like spring Here are
Michele Parsons
Joan Perko
Chris Carter
Starting on 24 April, discover 'A History of Royal Food and Feasting' with our online FutureLearn course! Did you know that Henry VIII ordered the first apricot trees to be planted in England because he loved them so much? Or that chocolate was first introduced to England by Charles II to compete with the French court?

Over five weeks, you'll explore the history of royal food and be joined...
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Hollie Reedy
Sonia Jayne Luff
Jennifer Ellis St Peter