This orrery dates from c.1740 and is a mechanical model of the solar system used to predict the positions of the moon and planets. Queen Caroline had a great interest in science and owned a larger, more intricate version of this orrery at Kensington Palace.

In fact, all three royal women featured in the Enlightened Princesses exhibition, Queen Caroline, Princess Augusta and Queen Charlotte,...
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This orrery dates from c1740 and is a mechanical model of the
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Today in 1483: Richard Plantagenet usurps the throne, becoming Richard III.

Edward IV had unexpectedly died in April that year, leaving the throne to his son Edward V, a boy of 12. Richard escorted the young king on his way to the Tower of London and Edward’s younger brother Richard joined him there soon after. However, just before Edward’s coronation, his parents’ marriage was ruled as...
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Today in 1483: Richard Plantagenet usurps the throne becoming Richard III
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From Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill to James I and his favourites, join us and discover Hampton Court Palace's LGBT+ history on a Pride at the Palace tour! ‍

Friday 30 June, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July, 18.30 & 19.30. Find out more and book here: [ Bit.ly Link ] #PalacePride
From Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill to James I and his favourites

Pride at the Palace

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Built during the reign of Henry VIII, Whitehall Palace was once the largest palace in Europe. The Privy Garden spanned from The Banqueting House to Richmond Terrace and its centrepiece was a magnificent sundial built for Charles in 1669. However, it was #OTD in 1675 that John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, would drunkenly destroy Charles's prized sundial and be forced to flee for fear of...
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Built during the reign of Henry VIII Whitehall Palace was once the

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Explore the hidden history of the largest palace in Europe, Whitehall Palace, 300 years after it was destroyed. The Lost Palace invites you on a journey through modern streets as you hear, touch and feel the past.

Selected dates 11 July - 5 September. Find out more and book here: [ Bit.ly Link ] #TheLostPalace
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Today in 1509: Henry VIII is crowned alongside Katherine of Aragon.

Henry VIII’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, four days before his 18th birthday. The previous day, Henry and Katherine had processed from the Tower of London through the City to Whitehall. The coronation was followed by a grand feast, and the celebrations lasted several days. Katherine of Aragon was one of only...
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Explore Kew Palace out of hours on a Curious Kew evening tour. Discover remarkable Georgian tales as you visit hidden cellars and spooky attics not normally open to the public...

Tours available on 6 July and 10 August from 7pm. Find out more and book your place here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Explore Kew Palace out of hours on a Curious Kew evening tour
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Henry VIII and his Tudor court return to Camp Bestival this summer! This year's theme is rock stars, so Henry will be feeling right at home. Practice your crossbow-firing skills, have a go at playing Tudor games and don't forget to visit the costume tent! Find out more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Today, a new exhibition opens at Kensington Palace -
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World, exploring the impact these three royal women had on 18th century society. Discover their role in the advancement of inoculation and its unlikely link to courtly dancing in our latest blog post!

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A new exhibition, Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World, opens today at Kensington Palace.

From advocating the latest medical and scientific advancements to their involvement in charity work, this exhibition explores the impact these three royal women had on society in 18th century Britain.

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A new exhibition Enlightened Princesses Caroline Augusta Charlotte and the Shaping of
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Today in 1652: The architect of The Banqueting House, Inigo Jones, dies.

Jones was born in London in 1573 and is most likely to have started his career as a carpenter. He worked for Christian IV of Denmark, whose sister was Anna, James I’s wife and Queen of England. It may have been through this connection that Jones came to work for the Queen as a masque designer and later her architectural...
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George III and Queen Charlotte were avid music fans. Charlotte was taught by J. C. Bach, dueted with Mozart and they both greatly admired Handel. The royal couple frequently played together and owned a range of instruments. The chamber organ located in the dining room at Kew Palace was fitted there in 1800. During the King’s bouts of illness, he found it comforting to play the organ, and a...
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Today in 1837: Victoria becomes Queen.

In the early hours of the morning, Victoria learnt that she had become Queen following the death of her uncle, William IV. She held her first Privy Council in the Red Saloon of Kensington Palace.

Find out more about the life of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace in the Victoria Revealed exhibition, reopening on Thursday 22 June: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today in 1837 Victoria becomes Queen In the early hours of the
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The Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace is the oldest surviving tennis court still in use. This court dates from the 17th century, but tennis has been played at Hampton Court for almost 500 years. Read about the history of Real Tennis and book tickets for the Championships to be held at Hampton Court July 11 – 16 2017: bit.ly/realroyaltennis #SportsMW #MuseumWeek

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The Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace is the oldest surviving
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It’s #MuseumWeek this week! We’ll be sharing some of the most fascinating, lesser-known and behind-the-scenes stories of Historic Royal Palaces. Follow us on Twitter @HRP_palaces and Instagram @historicroyalpalaces for stories, photos and videos all week.
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It’s all about the details! We've chosen a collection of close ups from across the palaces for our Photos of the Week. Thanks to everyone who tagged a #PalacePhoto!
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Today in 1519: Henry Fitzroy, son of Henry VIII, is born.

Born to Elizabeth Blount, King Henry VIII’s mistress, Fitzroy was the only illegitimate offspring whom Henry acknowledged. Although born in secret, Blount’s child was named after his father and given the name Fitzroy to leave no doubt he was the King’s son. He was later created Duke of Richmond and Somerset.
Today in 1519: Henry Fitzroy son of Henry VIII is born
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Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the centenary of the Companions of Honour. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended Evensong in the Chapel Royal before meeting members of the Order of the Companions of Honour, including Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench.
Yesterday we were delighted to welcome HM The Queen and HRH The
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Experience the thrill of the Tudor Joust this July at Hampton Court Palace. Watch the spectacle unfold as brave knights compete for glory on horseback. Plus, enjoy dazzling sword fighting displays, courtly games and Tudor music!

Tudor Joust weekend 15 - 16 July. Entry is included in palace admission. Find out more and book here:
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Today in 1727: George I dies.

The first Hanoverian monarch, George I spent much of his time going between Hanover and England. When in London, he resided at Kensington Palace and spent much money extensively remodelling the building, creating lavish new royal apartments and state rooms. He hired little-known William Kent to decorate the rooms, including the elaborately painted King’s Grand...
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