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Gatehouse entrance to Hampton Court Palace in England

Royal History and Extravagance at Hampton Court Palace, England

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Henry VIII, possibly England’s most famous King, had many palaces throughout the country that his court would move between when they had exhausted the surrounding resources. Of all of Henry’s palaces and castles, only two remain standing today. Situated on the Thames in Surrey, just upstream of London, Hampton Court Palace has stood for 500… Read More

Courtyard inside Hampton Court Palace, England

Courtyard in Hampton Court Palace, England

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Today’s travel photo is of the entrance courtyard inside Hampton Court Palace in England. Hampton Court was built in the 16th century for King Henry VIII and much of the architecture of the original palace remains unchanged. The following century, King William III and Queen Mary expanded the palace to try and rival Versailles. Today… Read More

The twin towered Gatehouse at Donnington Castle, Berkshire, England

The Medieval Ruins of Donnington Castle, England

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Just north of Newbury in Berkshire, stands the ruins of a castle I had never heard of. It took a drive to the small village of Donnington, down a quiet village lane to a typical English field to discover what remains of a 14th century castle. Donnington Castle was built in the 1380’s for Sir… Read More

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