Historic Royal Palaces


Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that manages some of the United Kingdom's unoccupied royal palaces.[1]

Historic Royal Palaces
Great Gate, Hampton Court Palace.jpg
The Great Gate at Hampton Court Palace
HeadquartersHampton Court Palace
  • United Kingdom
Region served
England and Northern Ireland
80,000 (2015)
Key people
Rupert Gavin (Chairman)
John Barnes (CEO)
Lucy Worsley (Chief curator)
Tracy Borman (Chief curator)
Main organ
Board of trustees
£92.2 million (2014–15)

These are:

Historic Royal Palaces was originally set up in 1989 as an executive agency of the Department of the Environment. In 1998 it became an independent charity, which is contracted by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to manage the palaces on behalf of 'The Queen in Right of Crown'.[2] It receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, depending on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.[3] 4.25 million people visited the palaces in the 2014–15 financial year.

Occupied royal palaces, such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section, and some are open to the public.

The organisation is jointly curated by Lucy Worsley and Tracy Borman.

The current Chief Executive is John Barnes, who has been in place since 2017.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Annual review 2014/15" (PDF). Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Who we are: History". Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Historic Royal Palaces, registered charity no. 1068852". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  4. ^ "Directors' biographies". Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 17 June 2020.