Hampton Court Palace, King's Guard Chamber

Hampton Court Palace, King's Guard Chamber © British Tours Ltd. Panoramic photography by Jason Doll-Steinberg

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The King's Guard Chamber at Hampton Court Palace was the room in which the Yeoman of the Guard kept watch over the safety of the King. The room is decorated with a magnificent display of more than 3,000 arms, mostly muskets, bayonets and swords, and which serve to emphasise the purpose of the room.

The work was undertaken in 1699 by John Harris, Master Gunner of Windsor Castle, who was also responsible for displays at Windsor, St James's Palace and the Tower. The Guard Chamber is just one of many highlights at the Palace which include Henry VIII’s Apartments, The Chapel Royal, William III’s Apartment, the world-famous gardens with the world's oldest puzzle maze, and the largest grape vine in the world.