The most spectacular of all the Historic Royal Places in Whitehall, The Banqueting House, the first building in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James 1st. Intended for the splendour and exuberance of Court Masques, the Banqueting Hall also boasts a magnificent ceiling, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1630.



Pictures by Helen Jones

The Master, and many of the Stationers' and Newspapers Makers Livery Company, held an intergenerational event for Grandparents and Grandchildren at the Tower with the Gardens theme.

Pictured in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite a group of children join the artists, and delight the audience with their dancing and singing. Nick, Maria and Glenn are photographed by the Iconic Tower with the first woman Yeoman Warder.



Hampton Court Palace, where Capability Brown was master Gardener and planted the Great Vine, was the Heritage setting that hosted Connaught Opera in their 12th year at the Palace, the group presented "In An English Country Garden", in the Clore Centre. Free for 300 older guests. The Deputy Mayor of Royal Kingston attended the morning concert. Ampersand provided a non-stop supply of refreshments for the guests.



Home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace once again hosted a concert from Connaught Opera in Mrs Lyons' Room in the Clore Centre. Groups from the Tamil Elders, Kensington Nursing Home, AgeUK Hounslow, New Horizons and the Chelsea Pensioners, joined the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of RBKC for the concert. Ampersand once again provided refreshments for the guests, most welcome on a scorching hot day.



A Royal 'favourite', Kew Palace is a gem, nestling in the heart of Kew Gardens. It was used by King George III and his family as a country retreat, and was the intimate setting chosen by Prince Charles to celebrate her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday.

Magna Carta - A Musical Mystery Tour, was the theme at Kew Palace in 2015. Pictured with Jonny Scott, Manager of the Palace with Glenn, Maria and Nick, seated at the Kawai piano, donated by the Skinners' Livery Company and The Arts Council. A big hug from the Illustrious Air Commodore Charles Clarke, a well-loved Richmond resident. The 'King and Queen' take a bow.



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