Historic Royal Palaces acquire personal belongings of Queen Victoria

  • 3 September 2018

An exhibition in 2019 at Kensington Palace will explore the life of Queen Victoria, featuring rare personal objects belonging to the monarch acquired with support from Art Fund.

Queen Victoria silk and lace cape 1860-80 © Historic Royal Palaces

Queen Victoria silk and lace cape 1860-80

A new exhibition opening in May 2019 at Kensington Palace will re-examine the life of Queen Victoria as part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of her birth.

Going back to her birthplace, the exhibition will offer an in-depth exploration of Victoria’s life, from her childhood at Kensington Palace to her 26-year reign as queen.

Visitors will be able to learn about the princess’ formative years, balancing her role as wife, mother and queen, her complex relationship with India, how she curated her public image and the effect of the death of her husband Prince Albert.

In the palace’s Pigott Gallery rare belongings from Victoria’s private wardrobe will go on display, which give an insight into the private woman behind the public monarch and re-examine her later life and legacy.

Art Fund has supported the acquisition of a number of the monarch’s personal belongings, including a simple cotton petticoat dated to around the time of her marriage and a fashionable pair of silver boots. These extraordinary pieces offer a different perspective on the queen and the elaborate black satin gowns she is best known for wearing.

The exhibition opens 24 May 2019 and is free entry with National Art Pass.

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