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Kensington Palace will be putting on a major new exhibition that will provide an intimate account of Queen Victoria's life in the rooms where she once lived.
Queen Victoria was many things during her long-life: a lonely princess, a devoted wife, dedicated mother, powerful stateswoman, lover of the arts and a devastated widow, and the exhibition will include more than 300 objects from each period: from the dolls she made as a little girl, to paintings by her favourite artists such as Sir George Hayter, Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Sir Edwin Landseer.
The exhibition will also explore the life of her beloved husband Albert, who is revealed to be a passionate, moral man who was deeply interested in the life of the nation. Many of the gifts he gave her will be on display including a magnificent diamond and emerald tiara. You'll also see the majestic Fife tiara - presented to Queen Victoria's granddaughter on her wedding day.
You'll learn why Victoria retreated from public gaze after Albert's early death, and how her golden and diamond jubilees finally snapped her back into public life.
> Craig’s review of Kensington Palace – “How many tourists put Kensington Palace on their 'must-do' list because of Princess Diana? If that's your only reason for going then trust me: don't bother. It's not much of a palace. It looks more like a Stately home to me -- the kind of country home you might visit on a Sunday afternoon to have a cup of tea. You can always rate a palace by the fame of the names who… continued”
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The Favourite, at Kensington Palace – 31 Jul 2019 – Kensington Palace will be showing Olivia Colman Oscar-winning movie The Favourite on an outdoor cinema screen
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre – Sat and Sun – A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital.
Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms – Every day – Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
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If you enjoy Kensington Palace then you might like to visit Buckingham Palace (catch the train from Queensway to St Jamess Park), Clarence House (catch the train from Queensway to Green Park), Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle
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