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Historic Royal Palaces

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:15
The Historic Royal Palaces events team has announced record achievements in its 2016/2017 financial year.
 
The events department for the independent charity, which cares for six palaces across London and Northern Ireland, has generated a 17% uplift in income from events, providing vital funds which will be reinvested back into conserving and caring for these nationally important buildings.  
 
The year 2016/17 has seen the Historic Royal Palaces events teams  managing some high profile events for internationally recognised brands, and picking up several awards along the way.
 
The Tower of London played host to the NFL for the eighth consecutive year, and Hampton Court Palace welcomed agents and corporates to its ‘Hidden Garden Festival’ to showcase its wonderful outdoor spaces. Meanwhile, Banqueting House hosted the first ever Historic Royal Palaces Wedding Showcase in September 2016, welcoming high-end wedding planners, press and bloggers to ‘A Modern Fairy Tale’.  The event featured a fashion show and took guests through a Banqueting House wedding journey and launched the Banqueting House Bridal Bible. 
 
Kensington Palace put on a spectacular show in June 2016, with their first ever concert on the East Front for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale.  The entire site and every palace space was utilised for the event – from hospitality dinners to performers’ dressing rooms.
 
Kew Palace is also taking more and more bookings after its 'Reawakening of Kew' event in April 2017, and Hillsborough Castle has been delivering an increasing number of events in its on-site marquee, in the midst of a significant palace refurbishment.
 
The group has also placed more of a focus on business development, hosting a number of promotional events, enabling the teams at all of the palaces to showcase new spaces, tours or experiences to potential clients. Staff have also attended over 350 sales meetings at exhibitions, trade shows, forums and in offices around the country and across Europe.
 
The Historic Royal Palaces events team won five industry awards in 2016/17 – from Most Prestigious Venue (Kensington Palace) at the Prestigious Star Awards, to Best Private Party Venue (Hampton Court Palace) at the London Venue Awards

The year 2017/18 is also shaping up to be a year of achievements for the independent charity, with new venue spaces being developed from existing rooms at Hampton Court Palace, and Banqueting House once again opening for daytime hire on Thursdays.
 
The HRP Events trailer, showcasing everything that can be achieved across the portfolio, is also set for release later this year.
 
Liz Young, Head of Events at Historic Royal Palaces, says: "We are all absolutely delighted with these results - it really has been an incredible year. I am very proud of each of our venue teams, who have worked tirelessly to show guests just what can be achieved within our palaces, and also to bring the palaces to life for all those who visit. Our success also has a more important element, which is that of securing the future of these incredible buildings for future generations to enjoy. That's the goal we all share, and we are immensely proud to be able to continue doing this."