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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.

The Feast of Title of the Chapel Royal is unknown: it was built for Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal Archbishop of York, in 1515, almost exactly five centuries ago, on the site of the thirteenth century chapel of the Knights Hospitaller. We keep the first Sunday in October as the Dedication Festival of the Chapel Royal, and that observance will mark the liturgy and the music on the 5th of the month.

October is a beautiful month to worship here and to visit the Chapel Royal: the Palace and its spacious grounds and magnificent gardens are still resplendent with some of the warmth of late summer and the colourful autumnal foliage, which are reflected in the mood of the services throughout the month, in exciting music recitals at lunchtime every Sunday, and in the historic atmosphere which visitors can enjoy - a Tudor pendant vaulted ceiling, and a Baroque reredos, box-pews and marble floor all designed by Wren.




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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.

 

Services

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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