Historic Royal Palaces
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that manages some of the United Kingdom's unoccupied royal palaces.
The Great Gate at Hampton Court Palace
|Headquarters||Hampton Court Palace|
|England and Northern Ireland|
|Rupert Gavin (Chairman)|
John Barnes (CEO)
Lucy Worsley (Chief curator)
Tracy Borman (Chief curator)
|Board of trustees|
|£92.2 million (2014–15)|
- Tower of London
- Hampton Court Palace
- Kensington Palace (State Apartments and Orangery)
- The Banqueting House, Whitehall
- Kew Palace with Queen Charlotte's Cottage
- Hillsborough Castle
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. It receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, depending on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. 4.25 million people visited the palaces in the 2014–15 financial year.
The current Chief Executive is John Barnes, who has been in place since 2017.
- "Annual review 2014/15" (PDF). Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- "Who we are: History". Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- Charity Commission. Historic Royal Palaces, registered charity no. 1068852.
- "Directors' biographies". Historic Royal Palaces. Retrieved 17 June 2020.