Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

22 June - 12 November 2017

Historic Royal Palaces and the Yale Center for British Art present a new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Explore the lives of three German princesses, whose marriage into the British royal family and wide-ranging interests placed them at the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain. 

From advocating the latest scientific and medical advancements to their involvement in charity work, each princess would subtly alter the role women played in the British royal family, with lasting results.

Royal Collection Trust  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

 

To reflect the diverse range of interests pursued by Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte, the exhibition will bring together for the first time at the Palace almost 200 objects owned by the princesses, including many highlights from the Royal Collection, the Yale Center for British Art and the royal collections of Denmark and the Netherlands.

Personal possessions such as Charlotte’s hand-embroidered needlework pocketbook and pastels of the royal children will be displayed alongside artworks and fine ceramics commissioned from some of the greatest artists and craftsmen of their day, illuminating the inner lives of these three remarkable women, and celebrating the public roles they played in shaping ideas of a national identity.

 

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Tickets and prices

Entry to 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World' is included in Kensington Palace admission.

Kensington Palace ticket prices for visits from 1 March 2017 until 28 February 2018
Adult - £19.00 (£17.10 online)*
Child - Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions - £15.00 (£13.60 online)*
Membership - from £50

*Prices include a voluntary donation.