LIVE on Crowdcast, Wednesday 2 December, 7.00pm (BST)
Update 2 November: In line with government guidance, Kensington Palace will be closed until 2 December. Please read our FAQs
Lucy Worsley is joined by fellow HRP curators, Polly Putnam and Claudia Acott Williams for a fascinating look at one of Britain’s most famous monarchs, Queen Victoria.
Born at Kensington Palace, the young Princess Victoria was raised under the strict rules of the ‘Kensington System’. She would later complain that her childhood was an unhappy one, but would always remember Kensington Palace fondly as the place she met her beloved Prince Albert. Of course, Victoria went on to become one of the longest reigning monarchs in British history and has only recently been surpassed by her Great Great Granddaughter, HM Queen Elizabeth II. This one-hour talk will uncover the woman behind the famously dour photographs of a widow in black, revealing a Queen, a wife and a mother who shaped our national story. Finally, no talk during the festive season would be complete without exploring how Victoria and her beloved Albert popularised many of the Christmas traditions we know and love today, including trees, crackers and carols.
This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford.
Historic Royal Palaces is a self-funding charity. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our finances and we are facing a £100 million shortfall this year. We would love you to show support for us by visiting. We have restricted the number of people allowed on site each day, so you will have the chance of seeing these wonderful places up close, without the usual crowds.
If you are not able to join us in person, we look forward to you joining our online events.