Discover what life was like in the court of George II
Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement
Delve into the hub of 18th century society at Kensington Palace where great thinkers met, musical maestros played and fashions were formed.
Will you navigate your way through political intrigue, court games and scandalous gossip to gain an audience with Queen Caroline?
With the assistance of court favourite, Lord Hervey, you can’t fail.
Join an explainer on an immersive guided tour of the Georgian Court.
Discover the history and see if you can successfully navigate your way through courtly manners and gossip to have an audience with the Queen.
11:00 and 14:00 (45 mins). Meet in the hub (Ask a member of uniformed staff for directions).
11:00, 14:00 and 15:15 (45 mins). Meet in White Court (Ask a member of uniformed staff for directions).
Meet Lord Hervey and Lady Vane as they appeal to Queen Caroline for her help with two delicate matters of the heart.
Lord Hervey was Vice-Chamberlain of the Royal Household. He was best friends with Queen Caroline, a favourite of King George II, and close companion to the Prince of Wales.
Hervey’s diaries and memoires are a valuable source that enable us to explore LGBTQ+ history.
12:30 and 13:30 (20 mins) in The King's Gallery
Enjoy some of the court’s favourite tunes, including compositions by court composer Fredrick Handel.
11:00, 11:45, 14:00, 15:00 (15 mins) in The Cupola Room
12:15, 13:00 (15 mins) in The King's Gallery
Experience the premiere of a unique after-hours show at Kensington Palace, created with Olivier nominated theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles.
19:00, 19:30, 20:00 (each time slot lasts approximately 90 minutes)
Separate ticket (advance booking required)