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Hampton Court Palace is a palace of different eras, one in particular began with the modifications and rebuilding by William of Orange. However, it was started by someone else. Originally Hampton Court was Cardinal Wolsey’s palace back in the early 16th century. However, it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. It has changed quite a bit since his time because of the modifications and rebuilding by William III of England and his wife Queen Mary II.

Cardinal Wolsey's palace

A Seat in a Royal Chair

One of the best things about Hampton Court is that they give you the opportunity to really feel like you’re part of the palace. Allowing you to take a walk in the Tudor shoes as it were. Or more correctly, take a seat in a royal chair. There were wooden thrones throughout the gallery to give you a moment to take in what each person was feeling. While the audio guide went through the information and stories, it was nice to sit and absorb. When I was going through this gallery there was not another soul around so I took my time and let it sink in. What it must have been like to be there in Tudor times? For Henry? Catherine? William III of England?

Hampton Court Palace

Rebuilding by William of Orange

Next I was onto the ‘newer’ section of the palace, the part rebuilt by William III of England, or as you may know him, William of Orange. Take a good look at these photos and you’ll see this room is decorated with swords, guns, and all sorts of weaponry. If I recall correctly, they have to take it down every few years and clean everything. I do not envy whomever has that job.

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The rest of this section of the palace is a long walk from room to room, railroad rooms if you will. I don’t recall anything particular about these rooms other than they belonged to William of Orange and his wife Queen Mary II. They were beautiful and incredibly decorated though…

The Office of William III of England

His office I actually found to be quite small for a King. Though the view of the gardens from there was beautiful. You can see an image of the toilet as well. Lovely isn’t it? I’d love a key like that to my apartment! Though I wonder how heavy it is?

The long hallway from his office to the other rooms reminds me of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors a bit. There’s no mirrors in this hallway, and it’s not nearly as grand, but it still was reminiscent to me. I find the statue of the woman with the snake hilarious. Quite the conversation piece it must have been back then. Two or three more rooms and then you exit back into Base Court. This is where you’ll find the famed wine fountain.

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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.

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