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CaptionThe palace was appropriated by Wolsey's master Henry VIII in about 1525 although the Cardinal continued to live there until 1529. Henry added the Great Hall - which was the last medieval Great Hall built for the English monarchy - and the Royal Tennis Court which was built and is still in use for the game of real tennis not the present-day version of the game. In 1604 the Palace was the site of King James I of England's meeting with representatives of the English Puritans known as the Hampton Court Conference; while agreement with the Puritans was not reached the meeting led to James's commissioning of the King James Version of the Bible. During the reign of William and Mary parts of Henry's additions were demolished a new wing was added partly under the supervision of Sir Christopher Wren and the state apartments came into regular use. Half the Tudor palace was replaced in a campaign that lasted from 16891694. After the Queen died William lost interest in the renovations but it was at Hampton Court in 1702 that he fell from his horse later dying from his injuries at Kensington Palace. In later reigns the state rooms were neglected but under George II and his queen Caroline further refurbishment took place with architects such as William Kent employed to design new furnishings. The Queen's Private Apartments are still open to the public and include her bathroom bedroom and private chapel.
HeadlineHampton Court Palace
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URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_Court_Palace

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