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Historic Royal Palaces


We are honored to represent Historic Royal Palaces as its licensing agent in Japan.

Historic Royal Palaces was established in 1998 as a Royal Charter Body with charitable status and is contracted by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to manage the palaces. It is responsible for the care, conservation and presentation to the public of the unoccupied royal palaces:

The palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation. Historic Royal Places receives no public revenue funding. All costs to preserve and maintain the palaces are met by income generated by the palaces, including income through licensing.


The Tower of London
The Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular fortresses. Enriched by its many living traditions, the Tower is today a World Heritage Site and the most visited historic site in Britain. A potential licensing idea is a range of accessories inspired by the famous Crown Jewels.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace became a royal palace in 1528, on its acquisition by Henry VIII from Cardinal Wolsey. Its Tudor buildings are among the most important in existence and William and Mary’s improvements are an outstanding example of English Baroque. The interiors are enriched by magnificent pictures and tapestries belonging to the Royal Collection. The buildings are surrounded by 60 acres of gardens and 750 acres of parkland. How about bed linens or drapes inspired by the motif of William and Mary, or by the terracotta roundels in Clock Court?

Kensington Palace State Apartments
Kensington became a royal residence in 1689 with the purchase of an existing house by William and Mary. It was enlarged for them by Christopher Wren, and subsequently altered by George I. Kensington Palace contains important interiors by William Kent, many major work of art from the Royal Collection and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. Princess Diana lived here. Inspiration abounds with the interior and gardens.

The Banqueting House, Whitehall
The Banqueting House at Whitehall, designed by Inigo Jones and finished for James I in 1622, is the only remaining complete building of Whitehall Palace to have survived the fire of 1698. Significant as the first English building in the Palladian style, it is also famous for its ceiling, painted by Rubens in 1630-4.

Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage
Built as a private house in 1631, Kew Palace was used by the Royal Family between 1729 and 1818. With a series of other buildings that once stood nearby, it served in turn as a lodging for servants, as a schoolroom for three generations of royal children, as George III’s retreat, and as a home for the King, Queen Charlotte and their family. Queen Charlotte’s Cottage was built in c1770 and later enlarged.

We have many images available to inspire a wide range of products and can arrange for many more to the suit needs of a licensee. Stylish and classic products are a perfect way of enhancing the image and reputation of any company whilst being valued in their own right. A range licensed from Historic Royal Palaces can combine beautiful design with historical detail to create a collection suitable for every occasion. Ideas can include linen, drapes, rugs, apparel, silverware, jewellery, clocks, tableware and glassware, food and confectionary

Others include gardens, tea houses, and hotel & apartment designs. For more information on how we can help you, and you can help preserve British heritage, contact us today.


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