Make like a Georgian royal as Queen Caroline hosts her annual garden party at Kensington Palace
It’s August 1732, and anyone who is anyone is flocking to the glittering court of King George II and his fascinating wife Queen Caroline. Now, for one long weekend this August, Queen Caroline cordially invites families to join her for a spectacular garden party in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Dust off your powdered wig, practice your best bows and curtseys, and prepare for an audience with the queen, as the Georgian Court take to the palace gardens for this annual summer celebration. With music, military drills, and performance bringing to life the era when the palace was at the epicenter of fashion and the arts, it promises fun for all the family. Through a whole host of things to see, do, and join in with, visitors will discover the latest court gossip, learn how to play music popular in the period and even devise ways to amuse the queen, all essential skills required to pass muster at the Georgian court.
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’, uncover the secrets of dressing to impress: try on costumes for size and sample the art of Georgian makeup. Design a mini Garden fit for a queen (or king) in the ‘Queen’s Library’, and get a Han-del on some eighteenth century tunes with a music workshop in the ‘Music Room’. To cool down after all that excitement, experience the smells, textures and sights of Georgian food (including the many flavours of Georgian ice-cream) in the ice-house.
A team of the queen’s attendants will be on hand throughout the day to help families rise through the ranks and into royal favour, with prizes for those who complete their transformation into the perfect Georgian courtier. And if you’re looking for more Georgian history where it happened, just step inside!
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