Join a four-legged egg hunt at Kensington Palace this Easter weekend

Join a four-legged egg hunt at Kensington Palace this Easter weekend

Daffodils outside Kensington Palace

12 March 2015

Discover the stories of the pampered pets of some of the palace’s remarkable royal residents and earn a chocolatey prize!

Friday 3 – Monday 6 April 2015

Step into the regal world of royal pets this Easter at Kensington Palace as it plays host to an egg hunt with a difference. Hidden within the palace lie a series of glorious Easter eggs waiting to be discovered by the most eagle-eyed of visitors, with each egg providing a vital clue to a story from the palace’s past – not just of the monarchs, consorts and princesses that called Kensington home, but of the four-legged courtiers that became their closest companions.

Ever heard the story of Queen Mary II’s dogs, whose red velvet beds lined the Queen’s Gallery? Or of Princess Victoria’s favourite childhood pet Dash? From pugs to parrots, tigers to turtles – touch, smell, listen and walk in the paw prints of some of these lesser known palace personalities. Solve the clues and discover the password to claim a chocolatey prize at the end of your visit. There’ll even be an animal safari for all the family to enjoy, encouraging visitors to spot depictions of animals painted into artworks throughout the opulent State Apartments.

The trail offers the chance to explore the recently restored King’s State Apartments, where the Georgian court of King George II and Queen Caroline is brought to life with a specially-designed smell map, and experience the restrained elegance of the Queen’s State Apartments, once home to Queen Mary II and Queen Anne. It even takes in Fashion Rules, a dazzling display of couture once worn by some of the most glamorous royal women of all time; Princess Margaret, HM The Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales, and Victoria Revealed, an exhibition centring on the early life of Queen Victoria, in the very rooms she was born and raised in. The young Victoria will even be in residence across the weekend, sharing stories of her childhood at Kensington.

Notes to editors

For more information and images: please contact Laura Hutchinson in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office:  / 0203 166 6338


Visitor information The Easter Trail and egg hunt are included as part of standard palace admission.

Adult: £17.50 /£16.40 online

Concessions: £14.10 /£13.00 online

Kids go free! (Under 16s)


Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.  Registered charity number 1068852.  For more information, visit  Registered charity number 1068852     

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