The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the regular services held in the Chapel Royal and to worship in the place where kings and queens have done so for centuries.

Open Day Applications now open

Chorister open day The Choral Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the 2015 "Be a Chorister for a day" event which will take place this year on Saturday 5th September.

Michele Price, Director of Development, looks forward to receiving applications from local boys in school Years 3 to 5 who would like to find out more about what life is like as a chorister at Hampton Court Palace, with a view to attending an audition in October.

Please download and complete this application form.

The Chaplain's retirement

The Chaplain After fifteen very happy years as Chaplain of this Chapel Royal, I have reached my seventy-fifth year and still enjoy excellent health. My wife, Chamaiporn, too, has been very happy here, and we both believe that we should take advantage of our good health (while we still have it!) and spend our remaining years together close to our children and grandchildren. We thank God devoutly for each other and for our family, and for all the blessings which we have enjoyed living and working here among you!

The Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal knows how much Chamaiporn and I have enjoyed our years here, and The Queen and the Dean have graciously and generously allowed me to continue as Chaplain for five years longer than I had originally expected when I was appointed and installed here on the 6th of January 2000. Her Majesty The Queen has honoured me with the first of the three revived canonries of the Chapel Royal, which were founded by King Edward IV in 1483 (and continued until King Henry VIII lost interest in them in the following century and appointed no more). This year Her Majesty has honoured me again in appointing me a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order. I wish to record here my loyal duty and gratitude to The Queen for so graciously honouring me ; and to express my thanks to the Dean, my old friend for the last forty-four years, for his kindness and support as my hierarch for my ministry as Chaplain these fifteen years.

The process of appointing my successor as Chaplain is in the Dean’s hands, and his plan is to ensure that there is no interregnum between my retirement and my successor’s appointment by The Queen. I shall retire at the end of August, and the next Chaplain will begin his tenure in September after the Choir’s summer recess. His name will be gazetted before I retire at the end of August.

I will conclude this note by giving all of you, too, my thanks and those of Chamaiporn for your kindness to us both and for your generosity and friendship and hospitality all these happy years. Our gratitude extends beyond the Chapel Royal to the community of all who have worked alongside me in this Palace, and to the many good friends we have made among you, too. My successor as Chaplain is a lucky man to have the chance to work here as priest in this Chapel Royal and as a colleague of those who work for Historic Royal Palaces.

Denis and Chamaiporn

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Your Visit

The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church with heavenly music, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the sung religious services at The Chapel Royal or to visit the place where Kings and Queens have worshipped for centuries. Click here to see more.



Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist at 11AM and Evensong at 3:30PM are held every Sunday. The services are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer. Those attending the Chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee. Click here to see more.


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