A palace of secret stories and public lives, Kensington Palace, situated in beautiful parkland in the centre of London was designed as a royal residence for William III & Mary II by Sir Christopher Wren. More recently it has been the official residence to Princess Margaret, Diana Princess Of Wales, and is currently the home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The recently renovated visitor routes reveal the surprising stories of many of the palace’s inhabitants over the centuries.
Diana, Her Fashion Story. (until 17th February)
Last chance to see Diana’s most famous outfits at Kensington Palace before the exhibition closes on the 17th February.
This new exhibition will trace the evolution of Diana’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Highlights will include the pink blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait in 1981, and the ink blue velvet gown, worn when the Princess danced with John Travolta.
The Favourite Costume Display (until 8 February 2019)
Kensington Palace, in partnership with Fox Searchlight Pictures, is displaying the beautifully intricate costumes from the upcoming feature film The Favourite. The film explores the relationships and power struggles of Kensington Palaces’ largely forgotten Queen, Queen Anne and her two female favourites, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) as they bid for power, status and love. Discover how three time Oscar winner Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria, Cinderella) took inspiration from 18th century silhouettes and experimented with colour, fabric and design to create the lavish costumes on display. Presented in the historic Queen’s Gallery, each costume will be complemented by quotes from Powell alongside historic context provided by Historic Royal Palaces curator Matthew Storey.
Due to overwhelming demand for these exhibitions, visitors may experience queues please plan your visit accordingly.
Palace Gardens – The beautifully transformed gardens reconnect the building with the landscape of Kensington Gardens providing picturesque walks and fantastic vistas.
Victoria Revealed – Explore the story of the woman behind the Crown, in the rooms where Queen Victoria grew up. Discover through her own words her lonely childhood at the palace, her deep love for Albert and the dreadful impact of his sudden death.
King’s State Apartments – Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase where Georgian courtiers peer down on you, marvel at the impressively decorated rooms and discover the fashionable world of the curious court of George II and Queen Caroline.
Queens State Apartments – Explore the small intimate rooms where the great tale of the Stuart dynasty reaches its tragic conclusion.
Victoria – A Royal Childhood OPENS 24 MAY 2019
In the Very rooms that Queen Victoria grew up in, discover a surprisingly playful, creative and inventive child that grew into the woman who would one day rule over the largest empire the world had ever known.
Victorian Tiaras FROM 24 MAY 2019
Returning is the glittering suite of gems specially commissioned for Victoria by her beloved Albert, set to be part of Victoria – A royal childhood at Kensington Palace. The display includes the magnificent diamond and emerald diadem, emerald necklace, earrings and brooch.
Victoria – Woman and Crown OPENS 24 MAY 2019
Continue the story in our temporary exhibition in the Piggot Galleries that explores Victoria’s public and private image, her role as Queen, Wife and Mother. This intriguing story reveals how her 9 children and 42 Grandchildren extended her influence across Europe and the Empire.