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See Young Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace

Published: Sunday 27th of July 2008

Many people visiting London when asked about Henry VIII may think of a fat and grumpy old king with a penchant for decapitating unfaithful wives, however, a trip to Hampton Court Palace could see them leaving the capital city with a new insight into the one-time monarch's character.

At the Young Henry VIII exhibition at Hampton Court Palace, visitors get the chance to meet the "pin up" version of the king before his much documented love of food and women caught up with him.

The permanent exhibition looks beyond the stereotypes of Henry VIII - namely that he was a fat, tyrannical and womanising ruler - and instead focuses on three people: Henry's wife of more than two decades Katherine of Aragon, his trusted ally Thomas Wolsey and of course, the young Prince Henry himself.

Visitors are assured that they will be "surprised and moved" by the new permanent exhibition at Hampton Court Palace.

Features include historic paintings, audio-visual materials and hands-on displays.

Visitors to Hampton Court Palace can gain entry to the venue using their London Pass.

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