Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday exhibition

At the beginning of September Val Baynton spent an interesting couple of hours at Kensington Palace in London as the guest of Historic Royal Palaces.

The evening event launched a major exhibition for next year, which will celebrate the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria.

Opening on 24th May 2019 – her birthday – the exhibition will be in the suite of rooms where Princess Victoria and her mother lived and it will explore her childhood, the toys and games she played and the story of how she was shaped to become Queen.

One of the current displays at Kensington Palace

One of the current displays at Kensington Palace

In the Pigott Gallery, a new exhibition will explore a less well-known side of Victoria, how she balanced being a mother and wife with that of being Queen, and will seek to dispel the myth that she was without humour!

Seven of her dresses will be on show alongside rarely seen objects linked to her reign such as the diaries she wrote in Urdu.

During the visit Val enjoyed the tranquil Sunken Garden and also saw the current exhibition – Diana: Her Fashion Story – showcasing some of the late princess’s most iconic dresses including her protective clothing against land mines (pictured).

Val was also enchanted by three glittering tiaras – part of the Victoria Revealed display.

These exhibitions run until 18th February and 7th January 2019, meaning there is still plenty of time to take your group!

Early morning tours of Kensington Palace can be booked by GTOs.

The tranquil Sunken Garden

The tranquil Sunken Garden