Historic Royal Palaces
03/24/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
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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Historic Royal Palaces
03/19/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
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!

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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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Journey back through time and explore the history of the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace in our latest blog post: [ Bit.ly Link ]

A View Through Time: The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace

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Friday is here and there is a hint of spring in the air! Here are our favourite photos shared with us this week. Have you got a great snap from your visit? Share yours below and it might be featured in next week's selection. #PalacePhoto
"So actually, if that client hadn't gotten mascara all over it, we wouldn't have made the blouse, and who knows, we might not have met the Princess!"

Designer Elizabeth Emanuel recalls the story of the pink blouse, worn by Princess Diana and featured in the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition now open at Kensington Palace.

Exhibition sponsor Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
A princess, Queen Victoria's goddaughter and resident of Hampton Court Palace - an unlikely suffragette? To celebrate International Women's Day, we uncover the story of Sophia Duleep Singh, an active member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) who stood alongside Emmeline Pankhurst during the 'Black Friday' deputation to Parliament in 1910 and who sold "The Suffragette" journal...
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Today in 1133: Henry II is born.

Henry II, the eldest son of Matilda and grandson of Henry I, was the first Angevin King. A strong and energetic monarch, he ruled an empire that extended from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and he spent only 13 years of his reign in England. One of the most famous stories from his reign is the murder of his friend and Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas...
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Rainbows across the palaces! Take a look at a few of our favourite colourful photos shared with us this week. Have you taken a great #PalacePhoto? Post it below for your chance to be featured next time!
"Before Diana got married, she was not used to having clothes made for her; so the idea of having special clothes was something very new and very exciting. She enjoyed clothes and they were fun, so she enjoyed the process of choosing them." - David Sassoon, Fashion Designer. Hear from some of the designers featured in the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition in our new video.

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There have been some stunning skies over the palaces this week. Thanks to all who shared their photos with us - here are a few of our favourites. Don't forget to post yours below! #PalacePhoto
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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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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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.

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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.’

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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.