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Victoria Revealed

Explore Queen Victoria's long and extraordinary life - in her own words.

Explore Queen Victoria's long and extraordinary life - in her own words.

When

  • Reopens 16 March 2018

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission

Discover the woman behind the crown

Inspired by the Queen's own journals and featuring displays of personal objects in the rooms where she once lived, this exhibition gives an intimate account of Victoria's fascinating life.

Victoria's childhood home

Princess Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace where she grew up alone with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and spent what she would later recall as a lonely and unhappy childhood.

She became queen at just 18 years old and held her first Privy Council meeting in Kensington Palace’s Red Saloon.

The definitive Queen Victoria exhibition

Victoria Revealed explores the many, often surprising aspects of Queen Victoria’s character: devoted wife, dedicated mother, lover of the arts, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman, with a reign spanning 63 years.

You will also gain insight into the life of Prince Albert, the love of Victoria’s life. Here he is revealed to be a passionate, moral individual who was deeply involved in the life of the nation.

Learn how Victoria retreated from public life following the death of her beloved Albert, and how the celebrations of her golden and diamond jubilees finally returned her firmly to public life.

Impressive and personal objects

The exhibition is comprised of more than 300 magnificent items from Historic Royal Palaces’ own collections and 11 British lenders.

It includes iconic, beautiful and deeply personal objects: from the dolls Victoria made as a little girl to a stunning pink Ottoman embroidered jacket, showcasing her crucial role as a diplomat.

Also featured are paintings, photography and sculptures by Victoria’s favourite artists, including Sir George Hayter, Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Sir Edwin Landseer.

The woman who defined an age

Excerpts from journals and letters, along with reports from contemporary commentators give insight into the extraordinary life of the woman who ruled an empire and whose name defined an age.

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