Historic Royal Palaces

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Hampton Court Palace, which houses the headquarters of Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity created in 1998 to manage the United Kingdom's unoccupied royal palaces. These are:

Historic Royal Palaces is contracted by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to manage the palaces on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. It receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, depending on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. It is a registered charity.[1] From mid-2014, the charitable foundation will also manage Hillsborough Castle in Hillsborough, County Down, the official residence of the British monarch in Northern Ireland.

The occupied royal palaces are cared for and maintained by the Royal Household Property Section. They are all open to the public.

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In 2000 artist Stephen Whatley was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces and the Pool of London Partnership, to undertake a series of 30 paintings for HM Tower of London. Many of the works were painted on location in and around the Tower. Others were inspired by various historical images. In the spring of 2001 the paintings were reproduced on steel vitreous enamel panels lining the walls of the Tower Hill pedestrian underpass, connecting Tower Hill Underground station to the Tower of London.[2][3]

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