A Ricardian’s Visit to Hampton Court Palace

Countdown: 7 days to go to King Richard III’s reinterment. 

In keeping with the theme of this trip, I decided to visit Hampton Court Palace as a Ricardian, keeping my eyes open for any mentions of King Richard III. No surprisingly, given that Henry VIII was Richard’s great-nephew and that the Palace was built some 40 years after Richard’s death, there were hardly any. However, I found a few during my visit yesterday:

Hampton Court Palace is divided into various self-guided tours on Henry VIII, William III, and the Georgians. For the Young Henry tour, it began with a family rose bush diagram, instead of a family tree, showing important characters of the Houses of York and Lancaster with white or red roses by their names. Richard was there.

In the Chapel Court, there is a re-imagined garden laid out in the Tudor style with low chain fences and gravel pathways around the tiny flower beds. Four of the garden beds are for roses, white and red. It being March, there are only bare bushes, but if you looked closely you could see that the rose bushes were starting to grow after their winter sleep. You could tell which was which because of the little markers. 

York rose marker -- Hampton Court

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