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Getting inside St James' Palace

Ordinarily, it is not possible for members of the public to go inside St James' Palace because it is a working palace. But there is a way! Sunday services are held in the Chapel Royal (just to the right of this photograph) at 8.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. every Sunday morning and it is possible to enter through the gatehouse to attend. It's your only chance unless you have achieved the gold Duke of Edinburgh award in which case you can go in to collect your hard earned reward!

New interpretation at Hampton Court

The palace team have been updating the kitchens at Hampton Court and have introduced some new interpretations which are fascinating. For example, through the green door in the photo on the right hand side is a re-enactment of a meeting of the Board of the Green Cloth so called because when they met, they sat around a table laid with a green cloth! It is so interesting to see what the clerks used to wear and to see them using their ancient accounting tools. Do come for a visit - from 7 January until 15 February, entry is half price if you book online. Now, some of the palace might be closed on the day you visit because of maintenance work which tends to get scheduled for the quieter winter

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