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Madame Tussaud, born Marie Grosholtz in Straßburg in 1761, learned her trade with the German wax sculptor Philippe Curtius who had several successful wax figure cabinets in Paris in the 1770s.

By 1803 Mme Tussaud had achieved great success after moving her work to London where she added figures of British royalty to her collection. We know that she made a waxwork of George III ‘from life’ to celebrate the King’s Golden Jubilee of 1810.

The wax cast you can see at Kew Palace was produced in 1996-7 from an original mould kept at Madame Tussauds’. It has been painted taking inspiration from contemporary portraits of the king.

 

'When the wax head is not on display, it is kept in the dress stores at Kensington Palace. Whenever I show the stores to visitors I ceremoniously open the box without telling them what’s inside. The wax head is so life-like that it really startles people. I know it’s a cheap trick but I quite enjoy it.'

Beatrice Behlen, Curator

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A row of suits of armour and wooden horses statues in the Line of Kings Exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London.

From William the Conqueror to George II, marvel at the Tower's extensive collection of royal armour through the ages.

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Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Holbein, van Dyck, and many more when you visit the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

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The newly restored Kitchen Garden recreates a taste of the gardens that would have fed the Royal Household at Hampton Court Palace through the reign of the Georges.

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