Worship & Visiting

The Chapel Royal Establishment

The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace is a part of the ecclesiastical Household of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty provides this beautiful place of worship and its establishment of a Chaplain, a Director of Music and a full-time Choir for all who may wish to worship here.

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.

The Chapel Royal has always been an active church within the Church of England: its services are traditional, according to the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. Except during the summer months (the 4th and 5th Sundays in July, all of August, and the first Sunday in September) the Choir sings on Sundays at 11.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. All are welcome at these services (and entry to the Palace is free for those who come as worshippers in the Chapel Royal, but they must buy a ticket if they wish also to visit the Palace). The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday and Wednesday at 8.30 a.m, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Holy Days at 12.30pm. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle in the niche to the north of the High Altar for the Communion of the sick and as a focus for devotion to the sacramental presence of our Lord and for prayer.

Occasional services such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals can only be arranged for the regular worshippers at the Chapel Royal.

Worship in the Chapel Royal

Services and Events

Those attending the Chapel only for a service do not pay the Palace entrance fee.

Regular Sunday Services

8.30am – Holy Communion
11.00am – Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist (except during summer recess)
1.00pm – Lunchtime music recitals
3:30pm – Choral Evensong (except during summer recess)

In addition to the regular services, the Chapel organises a number of special events and services which take place during the year.

Special Announcements

There will be no service of Evensong in the Chapel Royal on Sunday 19th May, as the choir will be singing at St. James Palace.

For more information, please call the Vestry on 020 3166 6515

Music List

Music for July and August 2019
New!

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