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‘I wish I’d known about the Cardinal spider before I wrote my story,’ says my 13-year-old daughter, Eleanor.

Eleanor loves indie music, Hitchcock films and history. A budding Lucy Worsley, she looks at the arachnid specimen in the box being handed around. The cardinal spider is the largest of its kind, native to the UK. It got its name because Cardinal Wolsey, who built Hampton Court Palace, hated the eight-legged beasties, which would lurk in corners and fall on heads unexpectedly. Eleanor reckons it would have been perfect in her English homework murder mystery (Jane Seymour, by the head cook, with the stew).

We’re standing in the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace on a winter night with a small gathering of under-10s, parents and a couple of grandparents, on a Family Ghost Tour. Some of our fellow visitors are also Tudor trainspotters, others are tourists who have visited the Palace on a day trip and are extending that with this brilliant evening tour, many of the kids are just up for a few thrills and the excuse to squeal loudly in the darkness. Everyone laps up the spider stories and peers into the dark rafters tentatively.

Throughout the winter months each year – when the nights get dark earlier – those with a ghoulish curiosity or simply with a wish to explore one of the world’s most famous royal residences without the crowds can join Hampton Court Palace ghost tours. These are suitable for over-15s, but for a handful of tours each season, families with children aged eight and over can get a piece of the apparition action.

The tour begins as the huge gates clank shut behind us and we stand in the darkness in Base Court. From here, we move from rooms to courtyards to cellars and colonnades, hearing stories of spectral visions that have been spotted around the Palace for centuries. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the atmosphere is hair-raising, and each story offers us another lesser-known episode in history.

Lit only with a few lanterns, we look up at the dim, orangey glow in distant windows and wonder what we’d do if we suddenly saw a face appear there. The younger ones in our crowd are fascinated. This isn’t a runaround for kids, but the stories and pace keep us gripped on a tour that lasts about 75 to 90 minutes.

Having done the adult tour too, I’m impressed how much of this tour is different but also pulls only a few of its punches. And Eleanor seems delighted to hear that the ghost of Jane Seymour herself is reported often to float down the staircase from the room in which she died. Perhaps Henry VIII’s third wife didn’t die from childbirth complications after all. Eleanor seems pretty sure she’s off to get revenge on that cook…

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The Historic London Palace That’s Haunted By Henry VIII’s Wives

Henry VIII's former home, Hampton Court Palace, is a fascinating place to visit, but beware: you might run into the ghosts of his former wives.

Georgie Hoole

Hampton Court Palace is King Henry VIII’s most famous former home . It was originally created for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1514, before King Henry acquired it some 14 years later. He wasted no time before renovating and extending the place, and the residence was soon fit for a king with its expansive gardens, impressive banqueting hall, private apartments, and a whopping 1,390 rooms.

Many royal residents have occupied the palace since then, from William III to George II, until eventually Queen Victoria opened the property to the public in 1838. Nowadays, Hampton Court Palace is a stunning attraction: steeped in history, filled to the brim with magnificent art , and boasting more than a handful of spooky stories .

The exterior of Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII is famed for having six wives during his lifetime, and we all know the rhyme that reminds us of their fate. But do you know the tales of how they haunt the walls of this historic royal palace? That’s right, visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard on a number of occasions, as well as some other famous phantoms.

The ghost of Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard—Henry VIII’s fifth wife—allegedly roams the palace to this day, and visitors and staff have both reported hearing her screams. Back in the day, King Henry excused her of adultery and she was locked away. On one occasion, Catherine managed to escape and run down what is now known as the Haunted Gallery, presumably to plead her innocence, but was dragged back along the corridor screaming. In 1999, during two different tours of the palace on the same day, two visitors are said to have fainted in the exact same spot in the very same gallery that Catherine’s screams have been heard . Coincidence? I’ll let you decide…

The ghost of Jane Seymour

A portrait of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife.

Jane Seymour—Henry VIII’s third wife—sadly died after giving birth to their son, Prince Edward. Her ghost is also reported to have been seen by staff and visitors, this time walking on the Silverstick Stairs holding a burning candle. Prince Edward survived, and became King at the age of just nine – although died six years later following a short illness.

The ghost of the Grey Lady

Another regular sighting is that of “the Grey Lady” — supposedly the ghost of a servant to the monarchs, and nurse to Prince Edward and Elizabeth I. She died of smallpox after treating Elizabeth I for… smallpox. There have been dozens of reports of the Grey Lady’s ghost appearing all around the castle , all of which started once her tomb was moved in 1829. It was after that that strange noises began to be heard, with some saying they heard a constant spinning wheel. Following a search of the Court, an antique spinning wheel was found. Spooky, or what?

The ghost of King Henry VIII himself

Handout photo from Hampton Court, issued 19 December 2003, apparently showing a ghostly image which was caught on CCTV at the historic Royal Palace, once  home to King Henry VIII, and long reported to be haunted. The 16th Century palace in west London is well known for alleged supernatural activity, but nothing suspicious has been caught on film before.

Known as the ‘Hampton Court Skeletor’, this particular phantom was captured on CCTV in December 2003 and the sighting was reported across the world. Security staff first reported doors swinging open with great force, with no explanation as to how that could have happened. A day later, the same thing happened again, but a ghostly figure was also spotted on the footage (seen above), and many believe it to be the ghost of King Henry VIII . Also known as the ‘Skeletor’, it wasn’t just security staff who spotted him: a visitor also claimed to have spotted the spectre of a large man near the same doors.

Hampton Court Palace, and the now infamous Haunted Gallery, is open to the public — and they’re offering half price tickets from January 8 to February 9, 2023 . Find out more and purchase tickets over on the Historic Royal Palaces’ website .

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With Halloween upon us, what better way to spend an evening than seeking out ghouls at one of Britain’s best-loved palaces? Hampton Court is offering ghost tours this season – for those brave enough!

Hampton Court is offering ghost tours for the brave this November (Victoria Howard)

Beginning on All Hallows Eve, that is 31st October, visitors will be taken around the 500-year-old palace by a well-informed costumed guide, who actually works at Hampton Court during the day as a warder.

This gives them excellent knowledge of the palace and its history, but also many of them have had supernatural – or at least unexplainable – experiences themselves.

Across selected weekends in November, then again in January and February, you can experience Hampton Court in a way which few do: in the dark!

Tales are recounted including that of the Grey Lady – or Sybil Penn. Part of Elizabeth I’s court, she died of smallpox in the complex and supposedly never left. Her ghost was never seen until her tomb was disturbed during works, and spinning wheel noises then began…

Jane Seymour famously died her in 1537 following the birth of her son, Edward VI. One story recounts how a warder, during the month of October around the time that Jane died, noted seeing a shimmering figure carrying a lit candle on the Silverstick Staircase, next to The Queen’s staircase and the location of her apartments during her life. He did not report feeling scared, but there was an overwhelming sense of sadness that came with the figure. Was it Henry VIII’s third wife, mourning that she would not see her son grow up?

Does Jane Seymour still lurk near her apartments at Hampton Court? (wikimedia commons)

One of the most famous videos to feature a ghost also comes from Hampton Court. Review the footage for yourself, and see if you can figure out just how those doors were opened, when there is no figure there at the beginning.

Notice anything unusual in Queen Caroline’s suite of rooms? Give a sniff, see if she’s there! Bodies in the cloisters? Must be those Civil War soldiers! Or is it?

In the aptly-named Haunted Gallery, guests are invited to end the tour alone – or in pairs, if they can’t stomach it! This is the area of the entire complex in which most people faint, or begin to feel ill. As my guide, Dave, put it, statistically speaking this is ‘bloody unlikely’, and shows something of an averse reaction to this corridor. (See Dave in action here)

It is here that Catherine Howard is reported to have escaped her captivity, and ran for the Chapel Royal, where she thought her husband to be – she hoped to plead for her life with the old King. She was caught and dragged back to her rooms, screaming. Reports of activity here include feeling faint, sad, and even echoes of screams from those living in the apartments nearby…

The tour ends in the magnificent Great Hall, where the group can discuss any of their experiences, and badger their guide with questions.

Wrap up warm, as the weather won’t be the only thing giving you the chills…

Book your tour here ; selected weekends in November, January and February 2017. Adults £27.50. A family tour is also available.

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  • 1 Hampton Court Palace Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded As we enter through the Tudor Gatehouse it may feel as though we have stepped back in time to the 16th Century. Together we will explore the courtyards and Tudor Kitchens, we will sense the smells and sounds of a busy working environment where sumptuous meals were prepared by the many servants for the Court of King Henry VIII. We will ascend to the upper floors to view the magnificent Tudor State Apartments which includes some of the finest artwork and tapestries from the period such as the Abraham Tapestries and the painting of the Family of Henry VIII. Walk through the Great Hall and along the Haunted Gallery where I shall tell the ghost story of Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII's doomed fifth wife. Then we will move into the Baroque side of the palace built in 1689 by Queen Mary II & King William III to rival Versailes near Paris. We will see the magnificent gardens which include the world famous hedge Maze, the Great Vine, the Royal Tennis Court and the King's Privy Garden. Read more
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An evening walking tour with stories of ghosts and paranormal activity at Hampton Court Palace

Family ghost tours

Family tours will run on the following dates:

31 October 2019 – 19:00

03 November 2019 – 19:00

05 January 2020 – 18:30 

Children must be aged 8+ and must be accompanied by an adult. We allow a maximum of three children per adult.

Adult ghost tours

Adult-only tours will run on the following dates:

31 October 2019 – 20:00

03 November 2019 – 20:00

10 November 2019 – 18:30 & 19:30

17 November 2019 – 18:30 & 19:30

24 November 2019 – 18:30 & 19:30

05 January 2020 – 19:30 

12 January 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

19 January 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

26 January 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

02 February 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

09 February 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

16 February 2020 – 18:30 & 19:30

This tour is for audiences aged 15+ only. 

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Experience the majestic splendour of Hampton Court Palace in a different light as it closes its doors to the public and dusk starts to set. You can choose from the following three wonderful themes:

A Touch of History

Discover Hampton Court Palace from its humble medieval beginnings to the ‘grace-and-favour' period. This is the story of two palaces surrounded by some of the world's greatest gardens: a Tudor palace magnificently developed by Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren. 

Ghost Tours

Hampton Court with it’s centuries of history, is home to many a ghost, including a couple of very famous ones. During the winter months you can explore the spooky corridors of the palace. You will hear the stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity, experience the unique and foreboding atmosphere of Henry VIII's Apartments and creep down the infamous Haunted Gallery ON YOUR OWN! 

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Join us on a tour where the most scandalous secrets of the baroque court right where they happened. Enjoy a selection of stories from history you won't have learnt at school. Hear the tales of sex, sauciness and seduction from the 17th and 18th centuries we dare not tell during the day…

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Built initially for Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace was passed to the King who extended it. There was a massive rebuilding and expansion; however, this was halted in 1694, thus, giving the palace two different architectural styles. One style is domestic Tudor, and the other is Baroque. The use of pink bricks provides the palace with a unifying look.

Today the palace is open to the public and is one of the country’s most popular attractions. It is one of the two surviving palaces, along with St. James’ Palace, out of the several owned by Henry VIII. It receives no funding from the government or the crown. It is cared for by the Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity. Today, the Home Park is home to the Hampton Court Palace Festival and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which take place once a year.

Hampton Court Palace Ghosts

Catherine Howard Ghost

Catherine Howard Ghost

Catherine Howard is one of the palace’s many ghosts. She is reported to visit the palace’s Haunted Gallery often. She was accused of adultery by King Henry VIII, her husband, and was put on house arrest, but she escaped from her guards and ran down the gallery, only to be dragged back to her room screaming.

The fifth wife of the King, she was executed in the Tower of London. Guests and staff at the palace have reported hearing Catherine’s scream from the gallery. One evening in 1999, during different tours of the palace, two female visitors fainted in precisely the same spot in the same gallery where the screams of Catherine have been heard. An interesting fact…

Ghost of Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII. She died after giving birth to Prince Edward. According to visitors and staff, Jane’s ghost has been seen walking with a lit candle on the Silverstick Stairs, close to where she died giving birth to her son, Edward.

Edward later became King at the age of just nine, before dying at 15 after a short illness.

The Grey Lady

Sybil Penn, also known as the Grey Lady of Hampton Court, is another of the palace’s many ghosts. Several sightings of the Grey Lady have been reported in various areas of the castle. She was a servant to the Tudor monarchs of the house and a nurse to Prince Edward and Elizabeth I. She cared for the future queen while she was sick with smallpox, only to die later of the same disease.

The first sightings of her spectre began in 1829 when her tomb was moved. Immediately after her grave was disturbed, several strange noises were reported. Some say that they can hear a spinning wheel constantly throughout the court. A search in the palace revealed an antique spinning wheel. Whether this is a coincidence or not, no one can confirm. Some of the places she continuously haunts are the Clock Court and the state apartments.

Hampton Court Skeletor – Henry VIII Ghost

The ghostly figure captured on CCTV, which people has since called “Skeletor”, has been reported worldwide. The image was caught in the winter of 2003 while security staff reviewed CCTV footage. Security staff saw that on the first day, doors swung wide open with so much force, but nothing could be seen which could have caused such an occurrence.

On the second day, doors swung wide open again, and this time a ghostly figure can be seen, which many believed to be the ghost of King Henry VIII, but many people have since named the spirit “Skeletor”. On the third day, the doors swung again, but nothing was seen again.

It was not just the security staff who reported seeing something strange. A visitor wrote on the palace’s visitor book that she thought she had also seen the apparition of a large man near the same doors.

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Hampton Court Palace is infamous as the setting for the tragic stories of Henry VIII’s six wives, so it’s no surprise that people have been reporting ghostly sightings there for hundreds of years.

Postcards with double-exposed photographs supposedly depicting the famous ghosts of Hampton Court were a trendy collector’s item in the early 1900s, and today (or at least pre-Covid), the legends have lived on through evening ghost tours at the palace.

And there are some truly spooky tales to tell.

Jane Seymour

The ghost of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is reported to be a sad one and it’s no wonder. Jane died on 24 October 1537, just 12 days after giving birth to Henry’s long-awaited male heir. She perished from post-birth complications (likely puerperal fever) after delivering Prince Edward, sending Henry into a downward spiral of grief for some time after.

On the anniversary of Edward’s birth, it’s said that a pale, sad woman wearing white and carrying a lighted candle appears on the palace’s Silverstick Stairs, which once led up to the room where Jane gave birth and died. She’s also been seen wandering the palace’s Clock Court, perhaps looking for her husband and son.

Catherine Howard

The ghost stories about Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife, are a bit more famous; there’s even an entire corridor in the palace called the Haunted Gallery because of the frequent sightings of her specter.

When Catherine was arrested on the grounds of adultery and treason she ran screaming down the corridor now known as the Haunted Gallery, trying to find the King and beg for his forgiveness. She was dragged away by palace guards and never reached Henry or saw him again, and her ghost has been reported to make the same tragic journey down the gallery over and over.

Visitors to the palace often report feeling a strange, cold, or dizzy sensation in the room, and according to Historic Royal Palaces, two different women on separate tours fainted in exactly the same spot in the Haunted Gallery on the same day in 1999.

Ten years later, the Gallery was redecorated and according to ghost tour guide Sarah Slater, there are fewer people fainting and feeling dizzy in the room after the new wall hangings were put up. Lucy Worsley, a ghost skeptic, even said she admitted to experiencing “a feeling of coldness” in that room.

Back in 2003, a ghostly figure made international news when CCTV footage captured a rather unusual overnight happening at Hampton Court Palace.

On three nights in a row cameras recorded the same fire door near Clock Court being flung open. Security staff witnessed the door opening and no one there, but on the second night, a ghostly, cloaked figure in period dress steps out and then shuts the doors.

To this day no one has come up with an explanation for the events of those three nights in 2003. What do you think? A spooky prank, or a real ghost?

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Who are you and why should we book a tour with you?

My name is David Packer and I'm a tour guide. My speciality (and my great love) is Hampton Court Palace. I have worked in various roles since 2003. In that time, I helped to devel op and deliver the sell-out ghost tours, developed other specialist tours and talks, such as the Pride and Salacious Gossip tours. I've trained warders as guides and given tours to many VIPs, from actors to ambassadors, princesses to politicians and journalists to Joan Rivers! I’m an accredited palace guide lecturer and I live within sight of the palace.

I do take groups of up to 20 or so people, but only if your group is that big. If you book a tour with me you will be with your own group and no one else. Although there will be other visitors around of course,  your tour will be exclusive to you. Your experience won't be slowed down by having to wait for a whole coachload of folk to catch up. I find smaller groups work better and often take around couples, and even individuals. 

I don't know everything about Hampton Court, nobody does, and anyone who thinks they do is fooling themselves, but I do know a great deal about it. Just walking through the palace is rewarding, but to get the most out of this massive, amazing, significant, and beautiful building a good guide is essential. I really enjoy being that guide.  

Is that all you do?

By no means. I am researching and developing talks and tours all the time, for Hampton Court and elsewhere. I have delivered talks on the ghosts of Hampton Court, the palace during the two World Wars, the 18th century London underworld and an in depth tour of Trafalgar Square. I also undertake research for others, including for Runnymede Borough Council for their Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations and I was the historical advisor on the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Wolf Hall.

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TESTIMONIALS, Guests, TV and Radio

"...our two tour guides, Mr Packer and Mr Lax, relish every second of their storytelling duties. They’re attired like Victorian gents, their patter perfectly pitched. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, Messrs Packer and Lax have a knack for recounting unexplained incidents in a manner that makes you start to question what’s really lurking in the shadows."

​​Laura Lee Davies, Time Out

"Our members are still talking about their tour of Hampton Court with you. Two hours just flew by and several people have said they would happily do another two hours with you. Thank you once again for a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining tour."

Mark Haley, Chancellor of t he UK Grand Priory of the International Order of St George, a charitable knightly order (NOT to be confused with the League of St George.).

"Our time with you was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!"

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"The private tour was unforgettable. Wish I could do it all over again."

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"Ghost stories brilliantly told..."

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                                                                The Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court, 2013

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Mystery Map, 2013

Being the in-house expert helping Julia Bradbury explore the                                                        story of the phantom known as "Skeletor" on the ITV show. 

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Another documentary following the recreation of the christening procession of Henry VIII's son Prince Edward. I portrayed Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex as you can see at the top of this page.

Phil Spencer's Stately Homes: Hampton Court, 2020 (S3:E2)

Welcoming Phil to the palace and delivering him safely to the Great Hall. 

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A bonkers evening taking Fearne and her Mum around the palace telling them ghost stories. 

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An early morning trip to the BBC studios to talk about Hampton Court as the venue for the BBC's 500 Words creative writing competition. 

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La Haunted Gallery di Hampton Court Palace, una storia di re, regine e moderna fantascienza

Uno dei periodi più bui della corona britannica vive ancora oggi nella "galleria di immagini e fantasmi" di Londra.

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"Un luogo di presenze, ma non di vita, di somiglianze che appaiono reali, ma che sono solo rappresentazioni o invenzioni dell’immaginazione. [...] È davvero appropriato che le ombre proiettate sul soffitto dalle finestre e dalle pareti tappezzate sembrino una striscia di pellicola, con cornici intermittenti e distanziate, separate da brevi intervalli di oscurità vuota. Osserva questa sequenza in movimento, e l’incanto inizia. Le immagini prendono vita e i fantasmi infestano la galleria".

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The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, and Film c. 1900: Painting, Photography and Film around 1900 - Rilegato

Hampton Court è conosciuto come uno dei luoghi più infestati del Regno Unito. Si trova a circa dieci chilometri dal centro cittadino, dove migliaia di turisti si recano ogni anno per osservare i quadri della ricchissima pinacoteca e cercare una personale conferma – o, più raramente, una smentita – dei miti che circondano la Haunted Gallery. Citando nuovamente Lynda Nead, è "uno spazio di immagini e fantasmi", e un luogo di contraddizioni, tra storia reale e mitologia contemporanea, tra la definizione di residenza regia e quella di casa degli orrori. La sua storia inizia nel 1514, quando Thomas Wolsey – Arcivescovo di York, Primo Ministro e confidente del re – vi stabilì la sua dimora. Allora era solo vecchia residenza, appartenuta per diverso tempo all’Ordine di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme. Al fine di adattarla alle esigenze del nuovo proprietario, fu rimodellata e restaurata, fino ad assumere i contorni di un luogo di prestigio. Tuttavia, Wolsey godette ben poco dei lavori da lui stesso commissionati: caduto in disgrazia presso il re, nel 1528 fece dono del palazzo a Enrico VIII nella speranza di un condono. Tuttavia, due anni più tardi, Wolsey morì senza titolo né casa.

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Da quel momento Hampton Court Palace divenne la residenza prediletta da Enrico VIII e dal suo entourage . Tra il 1532 e il 1535 furono attuati, su richiesta del re, ingenti lavori di ampliamento al fine di raccogliere nelle stanze del palazzo tutta la corte regale. Della ristrutturazione di quegli anni rimane ancora oggi visitabile il salone, unica stanza sopravvissuta alle demolizioni del secolo successivo. Tra gli anni Trenta del Cinquecento e la morte del re, accorsa nel 1547, Hampton Court assistette al passaggio di sei donne: le mogli di Enrico VIII. Caterina d’Aragona, la prima, fu allontanata per non essere riuscita a dare un erede maschio alla corona. Anna Bolena , la seconda, fu accusata di incesto e infine condannata a morte per le stesse ragioni della prima. La terza, Jane Seymour, diede finalmente alla luce il tanto desiderato erede – il futuro Edoardo I – ma, a causa di complicazioni legate al parto, morì dodici giorni dopo.

Nel 1540 il re sposò quindi Anna di Clèves, ma neppure il quarto matrimonio durò a lungo: Enrico VIII si era invaghito di lei dopo averne osservato un ritratto ma, conosciuta di persona, rimase deluso dalla discrepanza tra realtà e pittura a tal punto da chiedere l’annullamento del matrimonio. Anna di Clèves non si oppose, ed Enrico VIII poté passare al suo quinto – non meno sventurato dei precedenti – matrimonio. Catherine Howard fu infatti condannata a morte per adulterio solamente due anni più tardi dall’unione. Nel 1543 fu infine la volta di Caterina Parr.

Ancora una volta fu un matrimonio di breve durata per via di discordanze di natura religiosa, ma fu merito di Caterina se Enrico VIII si riconciliò con le due figlie Maria I "la Sanguinaria" ed Elisabetta I, le quali divennero le nuove proprietarie di Hampton Court dopo la morte del padre. La residenza rimase tale finché Guglielmo III e Maria II, reali d’Inghilterra a cavallo tra il Diciassettesimo e il Diciottesimo secolo, osservando l’inferiorità del loro palazzo rispetto a Versailles , non chiesero all’architetto Christopher Wren di farne una riproduzione su larga scala della residenza di Luigi XIV. Tuttavia, alla morte della regina i lavori furono interrotti e Hampton Court rimase così come si presenta oggi: uno straordinario ibrido tra architettura medievale in stile Tudor e barocco francese.

Quella dei fantasmi è invece una storia più recente quanto popolare, al punto che nei primi anni del Novecento collezionare fotografie a doppia esposizione presumibilmente raffiguranti i fantasmi di Hampton Court divenne una vera e propria moda. Gli spettri in questione sarebbero quelli di Jane Seymour – avvistata in cerca del marito e del figlio Edoardo, pallida e bianco vestita, nella ricorrenza del compleanno di quest’ultimo ­– e di Catherine Howard, che il giorno della condanna pare abbia corso il corridoio oggi noto come Haunted Gallery implorando perdono. Haunted Gallery significa infatti "galleria infestata": galleria per via dei ritratti e delle tele storiche che ancora oggi possiamo ammirare, infestata perché pare che da qui le mogli di Enrico VIII non se ne siano mai andate.

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We begin our Moscow tour beneath the city, exploring the underground palace of the Moscow Metro. From the Square of Revolution station, famous for its huge statues of soviet people (an armed soldier, a farmer with a rooster, a warrior, and more), we’ll move onto some of the most significant stations, where impressive mosaics, columns, and chandeliers will boggle your eyes! Moreover, these stations reveal a big part of soviet reality — the walls depict plenty of Propaganda , with party leaders looking down from images on the walls. Your local guide will share personal stories of his/her family from USSR times, giving you insight into Russia’s complicated past and present. Then we’re coming back up to street level, where we’ll take a break and refuel with some Russian fast food: traditional pancakes, called bliny. And then, stomachs satiated, we are ready to move forward! We’ll take the eco-friendly electric trolleybus, with a route along the Moscow Garden Ring. Used mainly by Russian babushkas(grannies) during the day, the trolleybus hits peak hours in the mornings and evenings, when many locals use it going to and from their days. Our first stop will be the Aviator’s House, one of Stalin’s Seven Sisters, followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — and you’ll hear the legends of what has gone on inside the walls. Throughout your Moscow tour, you’ll learn curious facts from soviet history while seeing how Russia exists now, 25 years after the USSR.

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