Fit for royalty

25 Nov 2013

Fit for royalty

Hampton Court Palace held an opulent Great Gatsby themed photo shoot to showcase the venue, that is now licensed for civil ceremonies

Historic Royal Palaces is delighted to announce that The Great Hall and Kings Guard Chamber at Hampton Court Palace are now licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies. For the first time, lucky brides will this year be able to walk down the aisle inside the historic palace, home to many of Great Britain’s most famous kings and queens throughout the centuries.

Henry VIII’s Great Hall has been the setting for Royal celebrations for over 500 years. Featuring a magnificent Tudor arched roof and decked with tapestries which cost the infamous king the equivalent of a battleship, it has been the scene of countless banquets and even once hosted William Shakespeare’s theatre company, who performed there for King James I. Join this illustrious company by becoming one of the first couples to marry in one of England’s greatest medieval halls.

The experience doesn’t end with the extravagant splendour of the Great Hall. After your ceremony, why not invite your guests to toast the bride and groom outside in the exquisite and ornate Privy Gardens - an ideal spot for wedding photos - before dining in a State Apartment of your choice. For the rest of the day’s festivities, party the night away in Henry VIII’s superb old beer cellar - a perfect and unique venue for that all-important first dance!

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be one of the first couples to marry in this spectacular venue this year!

To celebrate this momentous occasion and fantastic venue an opulent Great Gatsby style photo-shoot was held to showcase the unique spaces in partnership with a collection of approved suppliers.

For further information on bookings, or to arrange a site visit please contact:

Hampton Court Palace Events Team Palace on 020 3166 6507, or email


Photography: Rick Rose Photography,

Catering and Event Design: Rhubarb,

Floristry: Lavender Green,

Cake company: Domino Purchas,

Bridal wear:

Grooms wear:



About Historic Royal Palaces:

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by the Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. Registered charity number 1068852,

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