DISCOVER THE REAL VICTORIA
Our neighbours, Kensington Palace, are currently hosting an exclusive 'Discover the real Victoria' exhibition and we are super excited about it!
Kensington Palace first opened its doors to the public on Queen Victoria’s 80th birthday on 24th May 1899, and it’s been both a tourist attraction and a royal home ever since. So it is only fitting that the Palace has opened its doors to the exhibition, once again on her 200th birthday.
'Discover the real Victoria' explores Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, where you can discover her character as a: devoted wife, dedicated mother, lover of the arts, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman, but most importantly you can learn more about the woman who defined the modern monarchy.
VICTORIA: A ROYAL CHILDHOOD
As you enter the rooms in which Queen Victoria was born and raised, you will uncover how the young princess blossomed into the famous Queen we have come to remember. The display will include (for the first time ever!) a delightful scrapbook created by her German governess, Baroness Lehzen. Inside you will find illustrations from the young Queen herself, fragments of her wedding dress and even a small collection of Victoria's hair throughout her childhood.
VICTORIA: WOMAN AND CROWN
As you make your way to the Pigott Gallery, you will find the second part of the exhibition that looks at the Queen's intimate relationships and family life during her magnificent reign.
Inside you will discover rare survivals from Victoria's private wardrobe, including an off-the-shoulder cotton petticoat delicately embroidered with flowers, as well as a pair of fashionable silver boots... A vast difference to the black gowns she was so famous for wearing later in life.
You will also find examples of her personal diaries, some carefully inscribed in Urdu, which celebrates Victoria's complex love affair with India (something not many people may know about).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Surprising, both parts of the exhibition are included in the general Kensington Palace admission, so you don't need to worry about forking out lots of money to visit! General admission tickets can be purchased in advance from £9.70 for a child and £19.50 for an adult here.
QUEEN VICTORIA AFTERNOON TEA
To celebrate such an amazing exhibition and of course, Queen Victoria's 200th birthday, the Royal Garden Hotel has created a spectacular new themed Afternoon Tea, dedicated to the Queen's adventurous appetite and her intimate relationship with food.
You will take a seat in the Park Terrace restaurant to the sound of their resident pianist, before indulging in delicate treats and fine loose leaf tea.
As you turn through the pages of their menu, in style of Victoria’s childhood scrapbook (the same one in the Kensington Palace exhibition), you will learn more about her unusual Sunday lunches, expose her extravagant Christmas traditions and reveal her all-time favourite pies.
Take it one step further and enjoy life as a true royal by upgrading with the delicious ‘Queen Victoria Tipple’, taking inspiration from Victoria’s lifelong love for Scotch whisky…
Either way, you can experience a royal tea, next to royalty.