A unique view into the bedrooms of the daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte
George III's daughter Princess Elizabeth had her bedroom on the first floor. It has been fully restored, and includes her flamboyant Grecian couch bed. Her bedroom is next to her mothers, reflecting her role as an intermediary when relations between the king and queen became strained.
On the second floor you can see the partially restored bedrooms of Princess Augusta and Princess Amelia. The unrestored section shows traces of the original verditer wallpaper, a Gothic fireplace acquired at her request for Princess Amelia and early 19th century paint finishes.
Princess Elizabeth complained that the house was damp and unfit to house her mother during her final illness. Writing to her eldest brother, the princess described Kew Palace with sarcasm as 'this beautiful chateau', so although the furnishings were certainly elegant, the house as a royal residence was not up to the usual royal standards.
The politician Horace Walpole joked the princesses were so cramped in their bedrooms they were forced to hang their dresses on the backs of their bedroom doors.
The grace-and-favour residents of 1906 request the pleasure of your company in the Great Hall as they prepare for their Christmas pageant.
01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019
Hampton Court Palace
Daily at 12:00 and 14:00 in the Great Hall
Included in palace admission (members go free)
This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.
This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.