Think of Hampton Court and its inhabitants and Henry VIII is usually the first monarch who springs to mind.

But this year Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is bringing to life the dysfunctional relationship between the first two Hanoverian monarchs, George I and his son, George II.

The show explores the roots of the Hanoverian dynasty and their claim to the British throne through portraits and personal objects.

In 1714 George I arrived in London. An obscure German prince who spoke little English, George was elevated to the throne after successive childlessness of the Stuart monarchs.

He came with a ready-made Prince of Wales in his son - who would eventually become George II.

And it is this fraught relationship between the courts of the traditional German king and the more glamorous Prince and Princess of Wales which this exhibition focuses on.

The interactive exhibition allows visitors to choose cloaks to express their allegiance, and you’re likely to even see the pair arguing as you make your way around the palace.

The impact of the German family on British life and politics is also explored, and the room where George I invited the public to watch him eat, just to show how healthy he was, is recreated exactly as it was back in the 18th century.

But there is of course so much more to do at Hampton Court.

Set on the banks of the River Thames in West London, the palace offers plenty of open space for families to enjoy picnics on a summer’s day, while its famous maze continues to attract visitors.

And before you get back in the car, or on the train, the beautiful village of Moseley, on the other side of the river, is well worth stopping off at for a bite to eat or a drink – a real country village inside the M25.

Glorious Georges at Hampton Court is part of the Glorious Georges season across three London palaces this year marking 300 years since the Hanoverian accession to the British throne. Tickets, which include entry to the palace, grounds and maze, cost £18.20 for adults and £9.10 for children aged between 5 and 16. Under 5s are free, full-time students and over 60s are £15.40. The exhibition runs until November 30. For more information visit