Friday, 17 May 2013

King's Presence Chamber

The King's Presence Chamber was only available to those who held the highest ranks and the King's favour. The dark wooden walls are covered in detailed tapestry - a part of Henry VIII's massive collection. One of the tapestries depicts the legend of St. George on horseback trampling over a dragon. Another depicts the "12 Labours of Hercules". Today, a crimson canopy hangs as the focus-point of the room - it is the original canopy from the time when William III occupied Hampton Court Palace; it still has the silver and golden embroideries at the centre to form a coat-of-arms. A portrait of William III is widely believed to be painted by James Hamilton who worked for James I during the reign of Elizabeth I.

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