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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.
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Dream On — V&A Museum of Childhood – 10 Feb 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
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I object — Ian Hislop’s search for dissent – 6 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – Ian Hislop has assembled a collection of objects that show how dissenters have protested throughout history
Videogames — Design, Play & Disrupt – 8 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – See how today's blockbuster videogames are created by looking at concept art and large-scale immersive installations.
Look for more Royal events during January
Look for more exhibitions during January
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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