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A Quick Overview of Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, in the historic county of Middlesex, and within the postal town East Molesey, Surrey.
It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. The palace is 11.7 miles (18.8 kilometres) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of central London on the River Thames.
- Redevelopment began to be carried out in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII.
- In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it.
- Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.