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Henry’s Palace

Not far from the hotel where I was staying in October lies Hampton Court Palace. The day started cloudy, but when I was inside the palace the sun chased the clouds away and when I left the sky was perfectly blue and allowed me to capture this sunlit courtyard.

Located on the River Thames in the Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames and within Greater London, building of this royal palace commenced in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. King Henry VIII apparently never failed to mention to Wolsey that he was pretty fond of the palace himself and subsequently seized it after Wolsey fell from favour in 1529. Henry later enlarged the palace, something many of his successors did as well. The other side of the palace was built in a completely contrasting (Baroque) style as a result of William III’s wish to turn the palace into an English version of Versailles, I may post a photo of that part some other time.

Seen here is Anne Boleyn’s Gate and the astronomical clock which was made for Henry VIII in 1540. Some apartments were still being constructed for Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, at the time she was beheaded in 1536 (for high treason and adultery, although some say she was accused of witchcraft). Henry VIII is famous for his six marriages. He divorced two of this wives (including Catherine of Aragon, which led to the English Reformation and the separation of the Church of England from the Catholic Church), beheaded another two, one of them died of natural causes and his last wife survived Henry.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-10-24 12:10
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1837 kb

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