Share a wonderfully Royal experience as you visit a place of residence for the likes of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Queen Victoria. Kensington Palace has been influenced by generations of royal women, discover secret stories of public lives, played out within its walls. 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth at the palace and to celebrate, from 24 May two new exhibitions, Victoria ' A royal childhood and Victoria ' Woman and Crown will cast the spotlight on this notable monarch. Delve into the world of the creative and vibrant princess growing up under the strict 'Kensington System' before becoming Queen at the age of just 18. Compare Victoria's private and public images and her influence on the global stage. Visit the awe-inspiring King's state apartments and intimate Queen's apartments, where you can explore the etiquette and protocol of 18th century court life. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the nearby 5* Royal Garden Hotel. You will be served a delightful array of scrumptious finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and tempting cakes and pastries, complete with your choice of fine organic leaf tea. Your destination has been awarded the prestigious 'Award of Excellence' by The Tea Guild in both 2012 and 2013.
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On arrival at Kensington Palace you will be able to explore at your leisure to discover the secrets, stories and public lives of the people of Kensington Palace. From 24 May 2019 two new exhibitions, Victoria ' A royal childhood and Victoria ' Woman and Crown will cast the spotlight on this notable monarch. Victoria ' A royal childhood. Most are aware of the 'unamused' older Queen Victoria, however through a display of objects relating to her early years, you will gain an intimate insight into the world of the creative and vibrant princess destined to rule over the greatest empire the world had ever seen. All within the permanent representation of Victoria's childhood rooms, discover the princess's education, family life, friendships and bitter struggles during her life under the strict 'Kensington System'. Victoria ' Woman and Crown is a new exhibition in the Pigott Galleries uncovering the private woman behind the throne and re-examines her later life and legacy. Included in this exhibition are rare survivals from Victoria's private wardrobe including a fashionable pair of silver boots. This intriguing story also reveals how her 9 children and 42 grandchildren extended her influence across Europe and the Empire. You will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the 5* Royal Garden Hotel, which will include finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries, along with freshly brewed tea. The resident pianist will add further enjoyment by playing live music Tuesday to Friday from 15.30 to 18.30 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 14.30 to 17.30.