Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London; it has not been lived in by the British royal family since the 18th century. The palace is located 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.

The following century, William III’s massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun.1 Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace’s styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and an, albeit vague, symmetrical balancing of successive low wings.2

Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. The palace’s Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Along with St. James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by Henry VIII.


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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    nice treatment Colin.x

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  • navybrat
    navybratabout 5 years ago

    lovely shot!

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  • katarina86
    katarina86about 5 years ago

    excelent colours

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  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    It looks like you are off to a great shot. Good luck with the new camera. Bill

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Colin !!

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  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Colin !!! :D

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  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Colin. Have fun with your new camera!

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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding work, well done!

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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 5 years ago

    Great comp and awesome colours, well done Colin.

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  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 3 years ago

    Colin, hi, this has been chosen as the challenge avatar for the Palaces Challenge at Photography Challenge Group.

    If you would rather not have this used, please let us know!!

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