The Favourite costume display

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

When

  • Until 10 March 2019 (closed 08-14 February)

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

View costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and other cast members of The Favourite, and learn more about the history behind the film, in the Queen's Gallery at Kensington Palace this winter.

The Favourite explores the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two of her closest female attendants: Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Hill (Emma Stone). Many of the historical events that inspired the film took place at Kensington Palace.

The stunning new display coincides with the film's UK release and explores the creative process behind the costumes, Queen Anne's legacy as a stateswoman and her relationships with Sarah and Abigail.

The costumes have been created by three-time Oscar winning costume designer Sandy Powell with wigs by Hair and Make-Up Designer Nadia Stacey.

More costumes can be seen at Hampton Court Palace where you can also visit some of the locations that feature in the film.

A curator attends to a black jacquered dress in a costume display in a panelled room, surrounded by paintings on the walls
Still from the feature film The Favourite, showing Emma Stone as Abigail Masham in a historic room

I knew it was going to be period yet slightly off the wall and there was an element of stylization involved—all the things I love.

Sandy Powell, three-time Oscar winning costume designer

Queen Anne at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was one of Queen Anne’s primary residences, and it was here that she died on 01 August 1714 with no heir, marking the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Anne had a close personal, and possibly physically intimate, relationship with her forthright childhood friend Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Their friendship became strained when Sarah’s cousin, Abigail, joined the Royal Household. The cousins had different political views, and both used Anne to further their personal goals by competing for her favour.

It was in the Queen's Closet at Kensington Palace that Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill’s final argument played out. Sarah was subsequently banished from court, never to return.

The East Front after Kensington Palace renovations, looking north-west, 22 March 2012.

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’ an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.
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Still from The Favourite showing Emma Stone as Abigail Masham in white Tudor kitchens, wearing a denim maid's outfit. Staff cook on the historic cooking equipment in the background
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See costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in the Oscar-nominated film The Favourite.

Daily until 10 March 2019

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Palace Crest fine bone china tea cup and saucer

This regal red fine bone china teacup and saucer features Queen Anne's crest. Made in the UK exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces.

£55.00

The Palace Crest fine bone china bauble features royal symbols and national flowers. Exclusive to Historic Royal Palaces.

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The Palace Crest fine bone china bauble features royal symbols and national flowers. Exclusive to Historic Royal Palaces.

£55.00

This exquisite real pearl bracelet features a Swarovski gold crystal ball attached.The elegant and subtle real pearl bracelet comes in a presentation gift box

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