Discover the accomplishments required of a Georgian princess this year at Kew Palace

Discover the accomplishments required of a Georgian princess this year at Kew Palace

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11 March 2015

Explore the stories of the family of King George III who called Kew their home, told through a stunning collection of intimate objects

Opens 2 April 2015

Step into this tiny dolls house of a palace and experience the joys and sorrows of King George III and his family, told through an engaging soundscape and displays of fascinating personal items. Originally built in 1631 for a Flemish merchant, it was first acquired for royal occupation by King George II who thought it very suitable as a lodging for his three eldest daughters, Anne, Caroline and Amelia.

In 2015, Historic Royal Palaces shares some of the untold stories of the young Georgian princesses who called Kew their home, and the accomplishments required of the daughters of a king. Discover the pastimes of Queen Charlotte and her daughters - who received ‘instruction in drawing, painting, weaving and other handicrafts’ – and see some of the artworks created by these talented royal students in an all-new exhibit. Alongside sketches, paintings and paper cuts produced by the princesses and inspired by their time at Kew, a magnificent “Baby House”, decorated by the young princesses as a showcase of their handiwork, will be on display.  Queen Charlotte’s precious fringe loom, used by her to make decorative braids, will also be exhibited for the first time.

Just a stroll away from the palace lies Queen Charlotte’s cottage, a rustic retreat built in 1770, where the Royal Family enjoyed picnics and peace in a tranquil corner of Kew Gardens. Inside, the cottage’s Print Room is hung with over 150 satirical engravings, mostly after William Hogarth, whilst the Picnic Room upstairs is a celebration of the talent of Princess Elizabeth, George III’s most creative daughter, who decorated the walls and sloping ceiling with delicate paintings of trailing nasturtiums and convolvulus. Despite the restrictions of being a princess, Elizabeth was a prolific and acclaimed artist, with a selection of her works published during her lifetime.

In the recently restored Royal Kitchens, open the door to a lost space, left untouched since Queen Charlotte’s death at the palace in 1818, and delve into the tale of these historic royal kitchens, the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life.  On selected weekends historic chefs will be even be cooking up meals fit for a King!

Notes for editors

For information and images please contact Laura Hutchinson on 020 3166 6338 / laura.hutchinson@hrp.org.uk

Admission: 

Included in the price of entrance to Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew:

Adults £15, Concessions £14, free for 16 and under (with an adult).

Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens opening times:

Open from 2 April to 27 September 2015, Monday to Sundays 10.30 to 17.30 (last admission 17.00)

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage opening times:

Open from 2 April to 27 September 2015, weekends and bank holidays only 11.00 to 16.00 (last admission 15.50)

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 hrp.org.uk  

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