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noun (plural chapels royal)
1A chapel in a royal palace.
- With Matilda and Henry we see, for the first time in English court life, that exalted, stylish - and indeed expensive - medieval court devotion of theological conversation, chapels royal, composers, musicians and sumptuous charity.
- Before dinner, we all sat down in the castle's chapel royal.
- In a chapter on the architecture of chapels royal the book adds significantly to our understanding of the mechanisms of access to the monarch in the early Stuart court.
1.1 (the Chapel Royal) The body of clergy, singers, and musicians employed by the English monarch for religious services, now based at St James’s Palace, London.
- He also provided support in other ways, allowing Royal Musicians, members of the Twenty-four Violins, to play at the theatres and singers from the Chapel Royal to perform.
- He moved to Britain in 1710 and became a British subject in 1726 enabling him to be appointed a composer of the Chapel Royal.
- A revised version of Esther was given in London in 1732, not, as originally intended, by the children of the Chapel Royal, but in concert performance, with professional adult singers.
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