King Henry VIII could be spinning in his grave as Hampton Court’s Chapel Royal hosts its first Catholic Service for more than 450 years this February.

The ancient chapel will celebrate 500 years of musical heritage by welcoming Catholic worship for the first time since the Reformation, as the Genesis Foundation and the Choral Foundation bring together Catholic and Church of England leaders on February 9, reports the Independent Catholic News.

The service will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and represents an unprecedented coming together of the Catholic and Anglican churches.

The Chapel Royal was where Henry VIII worshipped and after his secret marriage to Anne Boleyn in 1533 – following a refusal from the Pope to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon – only Protestant worship was permitted.

The Chapel Royal remained loyal to the King and the Church of England, despite Henry VIII’s successors, Edward and Mary, swaying between Protestantism and Catholicism.

Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, John Studzinski, told the Independent Catholic News: "Dialogue between faiths is much needed and welcomed in these turbulent times.

“We need to recognise that we have more in common than not. I'm therefore delighted that the Genesis Foundation is enabling the Catholic and Anglican churches to engage in dialogue on this site that is so rich in history, both theological and musical. It will be an unforgettable occasion and is genuinely one for the history books."