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The Chapel Royal at St. James Palace

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Henry VIII - 0 0 Comments

From Henry VIII and now to Prince George of Cambridge, the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace has seen plenty of royal drama in its nearly 500 year existence. Royal Historian Carolyn Harris fills us in with her insightful blog on the Palace's impressive history.

According to Harris' research, Henry VIII had St. James Palace built to be his second London residence, the other being Whitehall. The palace was completed in 1536, and Henry later had the Chapel decorated by Hans Holbein in honor of his marriage to Anne of Cleves. Henry's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy and his daughter Mary (later Mary I) died in this palace. And Queen Elizabeth prayed in the Chapel for success against the Spanish Armada. I guess it worked.

To learn more about the fascinating history of St. James Palace, read Harris' article here.

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