Victoria: Woman and Crown

Meet the real woman behind the public monarch

Meet the real woman behind the public monarch

When

  • Daily from 24 May 2019

Ticketing information

Buy Kensington Palace tickets online for visits on 24 May 2019 onwards to save 10% on the gate price.

Members preview 23 May (no need to book)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in Victoria: Woman and Crown, a major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

The new display, created to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth, will re-examine how she balanced her role as a wife and mother with that of Queen of an expanding empire.

Top image: Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1856. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The woman who defined the modern monarchy

Victoria learned that she was to become Queen when she was 18 years old, while still living at her childhood home of Kensington Palace. She held her first council meeting in the palace’s Red Saloon just a few hours later.

Victoria: Woman and Crown will re-introduce Victoria as a young woman and explore her roles as a queen, wife, mother and empress. Rare survivals from her private wardrobe – including a simple cotton petticoat and a pair of fashionable silver boots – provide a stark contrast to the black gowns she was so famous for wearing later in life.

The display will also explore Victoria's complex love affair with India, from the story behind the Koh-i-noor diamond to her friendship with the deposed Maharajah Duleep Singh. Examples of her personal diaries carefully inscribed in Urdu will form a centrepiece of the exhibition.

Exhibition created with support from the Art Fund and Farrow and Ball.

A gloved hand tends to the seam of a cream Victorian petticoat with fine detailing on a black background
Bodice of Queen Victoria mourning dress. Bodice & skirt, with trained back, of black silk,  crepe & silk chiffon
A pair of silver boots in a Victorian style on a black background. A pair of hands in white gloves attend to the boots
Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
Things to see Highlights

Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

Daily from 24 May 2019

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Highlights Things to see

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The gate of the Sunken Garden woven with plants and flowers at Kensington Palace under a partially cloudy sky
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens, including the intriguing Sunken Garden.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Free

A selection of the Royal Victoria bone china range displayed in lifestyle setting

Royal Victoria gifts

Exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, our Royal Victoria gifts are inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.

Prices start from £3.99

Historic Royal Palaces retail product - light green and white crockery and stationary, a table setting.

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Exclusive English fine bone chine tea sets inspired by our historic royal palaces. Collect our traditional Palace china afternoon tea sets, with a design including elements from all our royal palaces, our regal Palace Crest collection or our charming vintage style Palace Rose floral tea set.

Prices start from £2.99

The Wildflower crystal and pearl tiara sparkles with florets of crystals and an elaborate foliage design.

Shop jewellery

Choose from our stunning collection of jewellery, including pieces inspired by the palaces and the people who lived in them. These beautiful collections include necklaces, rings, earrings, charm bracelets, bangles and pendants.

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