Queen Charlotte’s state bed

Queen Charlotte’s state bed

Conservation project profile

Project focus: Queen Charlotte’s state bed, Hampton Court Palace

How we conserved the intricately embroidered domed roof of this magnificent state bed.

Why this bed?

Queen Charlotte was the devoted wife of George III. 

Her state bed, which she had made to her specific requirements, dates from 1772-8 and is a sumptuous union of richly adorned textures, with fine gilt wood carving and intricate silk embroidery. 

Having not been displayed since 1992 it was conserved in preparation for the 'Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber' exhibition at Hampton Court Palace in 2013. 

To find out how we moved and conserved the tester dome of this gorgeous bed, download the pdf below

Timings:  Completed October 2008

Find out more

For more detailed information on the project, including images, please download the Adobe PDF file below.

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Supporting us

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    Queen Charlotte's State Bed
    (Adobe PDF, 167KB)

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