Join Historic Royal Palaces in 2014 as we mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession by bringing the colourful Georgian Court and monarchs to life across three of our palaces: Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew. At Hampton Court visitors are invited to a season of glittering new experiences and entertainment at the court of the new king, George I. Meanwhile at Kensington Palace, visitors will find themselves immersed in the court of George II and Queen Caroline; and at Kew Palace, we will shed light on the less well known story of the childhood of George III.
In February, for the first time in almost 300 years, Hampton Court will see the opening of the only surviving Chocolate Kitchens in the country and will host live Georgian chocolate making sessions throughout the year. In May, the restored Kitchen Garden opens and will explore the fascinating history of the production of food for the king’s table at the Palace, and finally in October, the newly refurbished Cumberland Suite will re-open with a ‘masterpiece’ hang of selected paintings from the Royal Collection.
During 2014, the Tower will be playing an important role in the commemoration of the First World War through installations and special events. From the summer, the story of the Duke of Wellington will also be told exploring how he helped shape the fortress into what visitors see today in a newly opened section of its imposing walls.
Finally, at the Banqueting House our conservation team will be getting up close and personal to the famous Rubens ceiling, erecting a small scaffold for the first time in eight years, to look at the condition of the paint on the canvas and the coffering as part of a five year project.