Henry VIII Anniversary Events at the Royal Palaces

The Hampton Court and the Tower of London are pulling out all the stops to mark the anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in 1509.

Hampton Court is hosting ‘Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts’ in which the Tudor court will come to life to celebrate Henry’s marriage to Kateryn Parr in 1543. The palace also has an exhibition of portraits of Henry’s famous wives. A preview is available here: Henry’s Women. The exhibition is held in Henry’s council chamber which is open to the public for the first time.

Hampton Court will also host a series of talks about Henry and his times – some are already sold out so book soon – information is available here: Henry VIII Talks. For other Hampton Court and Henry events visit What’s On Hampton Court. The palace will also be hosting courses and other events throughout the summer. See the ‘What’s On’ link for more details.

Henry’s armour is on display at the Tower of London. A preview slideshow is here: Dressed to Kill. The Tower will also host an evening concert, ‘Henry VIII: Music and Monarchy@ on 23 June featuring the Choir of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula. The concert will explore secular and sacred music of the reign of Henry VIII to celebrate the 500th anniversary in 2009 of his accession. The concert programme features some of the most iconic and innovative music of the Henrician period including the ‘Western Wind Mass’ by Taverner, the Coronation anthem ‘Te Deum’ by Shepherd, and ‘O Maria salvatoris Mater’ by Browne.

Prior to the concert, ticket holders will also enjoy a private view with curator of the Tower’s new exhibition Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill, the most stunning exhibition of Henry VIII’s personal arms and armour ever to be held in the UK. It showcases the superior engineering and craftsmanship of the best armourers, whom Henry brought to his royal workshop at Greenwich.

Further information:
6.30pm – 7.15pm exhibition private view
7.30pm – 8.30pm concert

Tickets are priced at £25.00 each and are available by calling 0844 482 7795 or by booking online.
To book online, visit Henry Concert Booking.