Join Queen Caroline for a royal garden party at Kensington Palace this summer
For one long weekend only this summer, Queen Caroline cordially invites families to join her for a garden party in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Don a powdered wig, perfect your best bows and curtseys, and enjoy an audience with the Queen, as the glittering Georgian Court takes to the palace gardens for a summer celebration, with music, military drills, and theatre bringing to life the era when the palace was the height of fashion.
The event, designed with families in mind, offers a fantastic array of things to see, do and join in with. Visitors can step inside the world of Queen Caroline and the palace she called home as they discover the latest court gossip, learn swordplay and dancing, and acquire all the skills necessary to transform themselves into the perfect courtier. A lucky few may even meet the Georgian Queen herself!
The palace will be turned inside out for the weekend, as tents pop up in the beautiful ornamental gardens, each packed with special activities representing different aspects of court life. In the ‘Dressing Room’, dress to impress as one of Queen Caroline’s courtiers: try on costumes for size and sample the art of Georgian makeup. Hear all the latest whispers from court in the ‘Queen’s Library’, and get a Han-del on some eighteenth century tunes in the music tent. To cool down after all that excitement, discover the many flavours of Georgian ice-cream (parmesan anyone?) in the ice-house.
A team of Georgian courtiers will be on hand throughout the day to teach families how to impress the Queen. Join them as they jostle for royal favour, and witness a thrilling duel over the honour of a London actress. The Duchess of Richmond will be conducting a dancing lesson on the lawn, whilst Captain Andrew Agnew drills willing recruits in swordplay. Who will be bold enough to join the Georgian stars of the London stage as they lay a masque for Queen Caroline's entertainment?
To discover more Georgian history where it happened, just step inside!
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Under 16s go free with paying adult for the duration of the Festival; up to a maximum of 6 children per one paying adult.
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