Hampton Court Palace
In London stands one of the most beautiful of English palaces. It’s Hampton Court Palace, a favorite of King Henry VIII. It was actually built in 1525 for Cardinal Wolsey, Henry’s Chief Minister. At the time, Hampton Court Palace was considered the finest palace in the Kingdom.
Unfortunately, the Cardinal was not able to enjoy his palace for very long. Since the Cardinal was unable to get Henry the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon he so craved from the Pope, Cardinal Wolsey fell in to great disfavor. Perhaps to get back in to King Henry’s good graces, Cardinal Wolsey gifted his beautiful place to Henry in 1528.
Hampton Court Palace was the scene of Henry’s greatest triumph – the birth of his longed-for son, Edward in 1537. But sadly Henry’s third wife, Jane, died at Hampton Court shortly after giving birth.
The palace is said to be haunted by Henry’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard. It was here at Hampton Court that Henry learned of her misspent youth and current adultery. He ordered her arrested. She is said to have run screaming down The Haunted Gallery begging Henry for her life before the guards took her away.
Hampton Court Palace remained a royal residence until George II in the 18th century. It is one of two palaces left that once belonged to Henry VIII. The other is St. James Palace.
This year, Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th birthday! To keep you up to date on all the planned festivities, e-Royalty is recommending Hampton Court’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/hamptoncourtpalace.
Here you will discover the important dates and events in the life of Henry VIII, as well as the royal history behind the walls from Henry VIII to George II. Every post contains a link to more fascinating information about the subject.
As a friend of this Facebook page you’ll be the first to know of all the exciting activities planned for its 500th Anniversary. For example, there’s the upcoming Dusk ‘til Dawn sleepover at Hampton Court with a sumptuous dinner, exclusive tours, and they’re even serving breafast in the morning.
Plus, the page regularly posts the most exquisite pictures of the Palace and the grounds both modern and historic. My favorite is the picture of the Firework display at Hampton Court Palace last September, accompanied by a performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Another favorite is the picture of the King’s Staircase – truly breathtaking.
If you’re fascinated by Henry VIII, liking the Hampton Court Palace Facebook page is a great way to round out your sense of this larger-than-life royal monarch as you get to know the palace where he lived.