WELCOME to the website of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. The chapel is a living and vibrant church, located at the heart of one of Europe’s largest and most historic palaces. In these pages, you can discover more about the history and life of this chapel, as well as the latest services and music.
The Chapel Royal was not originally a building but a body of priests and singers that traditionally accompanied the monarch wherever he or she went. Only later did the buildings this body used become known by that name. Today, as well as Hampton Court, there are chapels at The Tower of London, and St James’s Palace, which is now the headquarters of the Chapel Royal. Services in all of Her Majesty’s chapels are based on those from the Book of Common Prayer.
The Chapel Royal has an unrivalled continued tradition of choral music. Many of the greatest English composers have worked and composed pieces in and for the Chapel, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, and Purcell among them. Today many of our services are enhanced by music, sung by our renowned choir of men and boys. Details can be found opposite.
Everyone is welcome to attend the regular services held in the Chapel Royal Hampton Court, and to worship in a place where monarchs, statesmen, and countless others have done for centuries.
Fr Anthony Howe
Chaplain and Deputy Priest in Ordinary
Sunday 18th December:
6pm State Carol Service and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve
11.30pm Midnight Mass
Sunday 25th December
8.30 am Holy Communion (of the Dawn) 11 am Festal Choral Eucharist
Sunday 1st January
8.30 am Holy Communion
NO 11am Sung Service
Please note, the Christmas Services are extremely popular and as there are no tickets there will inevitably be queuing. Please be prepared and wrap up warm!
"It felt like I was the star"
Finn aged 9
"I enjoyed the end when everyone clapped"
Alexander aged 7
"I enjoyed eating all the cake"
Johnny aged 10
The Chapel Royal welcomed 29 boys to experience life as a chorister at Hampton Court. After a fun filled workshop with Carl Jackson and Robbie Jacobs, everyone got together for a concert in the Chapel Royal which included an action packed rendition of ‘Heavenly Aeroplane ‘ by John Rutter and a sublime performance by the current choristers of César Franck’s ‘Panis Angelicus’. The day concluded with a delicious tea party, courtesy of the choir mums. Our thanks to all the current and visiting families who made the day such a joyful celebration of our outreach programme. Special mention to the former choristers who acted as mentors to the candidates.
Auditions will take place during October and we can expect some new faces in the choir after Christmas.
The Chapel is located on the ground floor and has level access so should not present problems for visitors with mobility difficulties. Wheelchair hire is available (details here).
If you are concerned about accessing the Chapel then don’t hesitate to let us know that you will be coming, and we can help you make necessary arrangements (Contact details here).
Read more details on accessibility to Hampton Court Palace
The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church with heavenly music, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the sung religious services at The Chapel Royal or to visit the place where Kings and Queens have worshipped for centuries. Click here to see more.
Holy Communion at 8.30am, Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist at 11am and Evensong at 3:30pm are held every Sunday. The services are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer. Those attending the Chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee. Click here to see more.
Click on this image for the October 2016 music list:
The Choral Foundation preserves and promotes the unique heritage of English choral music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and makes it accessible to all.
By making a gift to the Choral Foundation you will ensure that music, 500 years in the making, is kept alive for future generations.
Click here to read about how you can become part of this living history.