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Humphrey the Lord of the deer at Hampton Court
Humphrey the Lord of the Hampton Court deer

 as depicted by Georgie Hampton, a trainee artist at Hampton Court Warren


"Summer visitors to the Park gather to watch a band of young actors perform Shakespeare's play Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy telling how the Queen of the Fairies fell in love with a donkey.  Humphrey the Lord of the Hampton deer and Head of the Herd finds the play absolutely ridiculous.  He stamps his hoof during the performance and bellows loudly, “The queen of the fairies would never fall in love with an old donkey, not when the park is full of such handsome deer with such magnificent crowns of horns.”

'And they do say that Shakespeare came to Hampton Court on Midsummer’s Eve to see the magical statues come to life, but because the event is a very private affair, he missed the magic, and so instead wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream." 

Hector's Midsummer Madness

myth and magic of Hampton Court


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