Hampton Court Palace
After seeing Hampton Court Palace during the Olympics this weekend, I have chosen it to begin my Historic Homes and Palaces of Britain tour. The Olympic Flame at Hampton Court Palace.
The Royal Barge Gloriana carries the Olympic flame as it leaves Hampton Court Palace. Love this barge.
Hampton Court Palace is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has not been inhabited by the Royal family since the 18th Century.
In 1838 the restoration of the Palace was completed and the Palace was opened to the public. This is a fabulous gate!
Throughout the 20th Century in addition to becoming a major London tourist attraction, the Palace housed 50 grace and favor residences given to esteemed servants and subjects of the crown.
An elderly recipient of one grace and favor apartment caused a major fire to spread to the king’s apartments in 1986, which led to new restoration work which was completed in 1990.
The Palace also houses the Historic Royal Palaces headquarters.
The Palace served as the location for the film A Man For All Seasons and the HBO miniseries John Adams in 2008.